At LBTO, first-generation instruments are deployed in pairs. The Multi-Object Double Spectrograph for the Large Binocular Telescope (MODS1 and MODS2) pair is the second one to have been fully installed and commissioned on the telescope. The Large Binocular Cameras have been in binocular mode since 2008.
MODS2 was reunited with MODS1 on Mt Graham in April 2014. Following commissioning, completed by mid-2015, MODS2 was used for science in the second half of 2015, when only one eye of the telescope was available. With the telescope back to two-eye mode at the end of 2015, it was time to move forward and test MODS1 and MODS2 in binocular mode.
There is more work ahead to make this mode user-friendly enough to be used by observers. LBTO could offer binocular observations with MODS in shared risk toward the end of the semester. Stay tuned...
|The "official" MODS1+2 binocular first-light: a long-slit spectrum of the Seyfert galaxy NGC1068 |
(3x5mn exposures on each side).