Instrumentation at the magellan telescopes 2008

David J. Osip, David Floyd, Ricardo Covarrubias

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The Carnegie Institution operates the twin 6.5m Magellan Telescopes on behalf of the Magellan consortium (Carnegie Institution of Washington, Harvard University, the University of Arizona, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Michigan). The two telescopes have been in routine operations at the Las Campanas Observatory since 2001 and 2002 respectively. We currently operate with a suite of instruments available at 6 active ports during regular night-time science operations. Here, we briefly describe the capabilities, operation, and performance of the suite of commissioned instruments including MagIC, PANIC, MIKE, MIKE-Fibers, LDSS3, IMACS, and MagE. Beyond the instruments that are presently installed on site, we will also introduce the large number of instruments that are in advanced stages of construction by teams throughout our consortium (FIRE, Four-Star, MegaCam, MMIRS, PFS, PISCO, MIRAC4).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II - Marseille, France
Duration: Jun 23 2008Jun 28 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II


  • Instrument
  • Magellan
  • Telescope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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