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Instrument History

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Instrumental development at CRAL


On telescope

  • 2014 MUSE: Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer / ESO-VLT

The Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) is a second generation instrument installed in 2014 on the Nasmyth B platform of Unit Telescope 4 (Yepun) at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), in the Paranal desert in Chile. To observe with MUSE.


  • 2004 SNIFS: SuperNova Integral Field Spectrograph / UH-2.2

SNIFS is installed at the University of Hawaii 2.2-meter telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, USA (Lantz et al., 2003, SPIE) To observe with SNIFS.


  • 1997 OASIS: Optically Adaptative System for Imaging Spectroscopy

Visitor instrument at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA, then at the William Herschel Telescope, La Palma, Spain. To observe with OASIS.



  • 1999 SAURON: Spectrographic Areal Unit for Research on Optical Nebulae

Integral field spectrograph, visitor instrument that was mounted at the William Herschel Telescope, La Palma, Spain (Bacon et al., 2001, MNRAS, 326, 23 "The SAURON Project. The panoramic integral-field spectrograph" and the website for the associated scientific project). Its structure is temporally exposed at the Confluence Museum, in Lyon from 16 June 2017 to 2 September 2018 within the exposition entitled "Carnets de collections".


Series installed at CRAL in 2016 listing the instrumental spectrographs: