Australia to Build Fibre Positioner for the Very Large Telescope

This image illustrates the use of the new Fibre Positioner (OzPoz). It shows an example of the 25 arcmin field-of-view of the VLT with the FLAMES facility, as recorded during the ESO Imaging Survey (EIS) with the 3.5-m New Technology Telescope (NTT) at La Silla. Within only one night, FLAMES with the OzPoz positioner will be capable of obtaining optical and infrared spectra for no less than 1/3 of the approx. 9,000 objects (many of which are distant galaxies) seen in this image! They can then be used to determine their redshift, chemical composition and dynamics. This will increase enormously the observational efficiency of the VLT. In just one night, it is possible to observe and analyse thousands of objects, a task that would have taken years in the past.

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Id:eso9824a
Type:Observation
Release date:19 June 1998
Related releases:eso9824
Size:1024 x 1024 px

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Name:EIS survey
Type:• Early Universe : Cosmology : Morphology : Deep Field
• X - Cosmology

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