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XSHOOTER instrument specific query form now available

Published: 15 Feb 2010

XSHOOTER is the first of the second generation instruments at VLT. It it has been built by a Consortium of Institutes in Denmark, France, Italy and The Netherlands together with ESO. It's a multi wavelength (300-2500nm) medium resolution spectrograph mounted at the UT2 Cassegrain focus.


Paranal ambient query form now available

Published: 27 Jan 2010

Ambient conditions for Paranal, including meteorological data, are now available from the ESO archive. The data are produced and provided by the Astronomical Site Monitor (ASM) on Paranal. The ESO archive database contains all available Paranal ambient data from August 17th, 1998 onwards.


VISTA Science Verification data release

Published: 18 Dec 2009

The Science Verification observations are part of a very important check of the entire operational procedures and a verification of the scientific status of the VISTA telescope and camera. Furthermore, these observations will provide the first comprehensive self-contained scientific data-sets from VISTA and these data will be immediately made public world-wide. This will allow the entire astronomical community to exploit the data scientifically, as well as provide a basis for planning future observations with VISTA.


GOODS/VIMOS Spectroscopy: Data Release Version 2.0

Published: 15 Dec 2009

Multi-object spectroscopy of faint galaxies in the Chandra Deep Field South (CDFS) has been carried out, as part of the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS), using the VIsible Multi-Object Spectrograph (VIMOS) instrument mounted at the Melipal Unit Telescope of the VLT at ESO's Cerro Paranal Observatory, Chile. The GOODS/VIMOS spectroscopic campaign is part of the ESO/GOODS program in the CDFS, which complements the FORS2 ESO/GOODS spectroscopic campaign.


Decommissioning of the calibration selector service as of 24 Nov. 2009

Published: 24 Nov 2009

The service providing raw and master calibration reference files associated with ESO raw science frames is decommissioned as of 24 November 2009.


Release of X-SHOOTER Science Verification (SV2) data

Published: 16 Oct 2009

The X-SHOOTER Science Verification (SV2) observations took place between September 26 and 29 2009. The SV observations are being performed in "service mode style" by a dedicated team and the collected data are made available to the whole user community.


Release of PRIMA Fringe Sensor Unit Commissioning Data

Published: 01 Sep 2009

PRIMA is a VLTI facility comprising many subsystems currently under commisioning. More details on the project can be found at the PRIMA Web site.


Release of X-SHOOTER Science Verification (SV1) data

Published: 27 Aug 2009

The X-SHOOTERScience Verification (SV1) observations took place between August 10 and 15 2009. X-SHOOTER SV observations are being performed in "service mode style" by a dedicated team and the collected data are made available to the whole user community.


Release of X-SHOOTER commissioning data

Published: 13 Jul 2009

This release of the X-shooter Commissioning data includes a total of 4594 files collected over 24 nights split in four commissioning periods. The first two commissioning runs were with the UV-B and VIS-R arms only, the 3rd and 4th with the UV-B, VIS-R and NIR arms.


Direct access to proprietary raw and reduced files

Published: 29 Jun 2009

As an ESO PI, you can now retrieve online your raw data while they are still protected under their proprietary period. In addition to the raw science files, the corresponding data package will also contain raw and master calibrations, science data products and ancillary information (processing logs, excerpts from the relevant observing logs, etc).


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