Special Letters Edition: First Science with the VLT

Astron. Astrophys. 338, 1-2 (1998) 


Special Letters Edition: First Science with the VLT 


Garching, Leiden and Paris, August 21, 1998

The Board of Directors of Astronomy and Astrophysics recognizes thegreat opportunity offered by the coming-on-line of ESO's Very Large Telescope.Science Verification observations with the Unit Telescope 1 and the VLTTest Camera (see the ESO Messenger No.92, p.5, for the planned observationsfor Science Verification) have been taken during the last two weeks ofAugust 1998, and the raw and calibration data, as well as the calibratedimages will become available to the ESO community not later than September30, 1998; see the ESO Web pages for more and updated information. The ScienceVerification observations will include deep imaging of the Hubble DeepField South that will become available worldwide at the same time.

The Editors of Astronomy and Astrophysics recognize the importance ofthis event and plan to release a Special Letters Edition, probably in theMarch 1st issue of Astronomy and Astrophysics, on "First Science with theVLT", with letters based on these Science Verification data. These Letterswill be handled in the standard way, except that the strict page limitfor Letters may be relaxed for this Edition. Authors are invited to sendtheir manuscripts on this topic to the Letters Office, preferentially electronically(see Editorial in A&A 337, E1); manuscripts received before November30, 1998, will be guaranteed to be handled sufficiently quickly to be includedin the Special Edition, provided the referee assessment is positive andrequested revisions arrive on time. Please indicate in a cover letter thatthe manuscript is intended for the Special Edition.

P. Schneider, H.J. Habing and J. Lequeux

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Online publication: September 8, 1998