STATUS OF LBT

The Large Binocular Camera (LBC) 1 and 2, and the LBT Near-Infrared Spectroscopic Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research (LUCI/LUCI) 1 are available for regular partner science (seeing-limited imaging, long-slit, multi-slit spectroscopy).

The first on-sky demonstration of Adaptive Optics (AO) secondary and pyramid wavefront sensor performance has met theoretical expectations.

The Multi-Object Double Spectrograph (MODS) 1 science demonstration time is scheduled for late May 2011, with partner science to follow.

The first Adaptive Optics (AO) science is scheduled for late Fall 2011, with the commissioning of LBT Near-Infrared Spectroscopic Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research (LUCI/LUCI) 2.

The first fringes were obtained with LBT Interferometer (LBTI), giving a preview of full aperture resolution.

LBT near-term goals are to complete basic telescope and binocular control, and to improve efficiency on sky with partner help.

The current capabilities for the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) are three pairs of facility instruments – Large Binocular Camera, LBT Near-Infrared Spectroscopic Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research, and Multi-Object Double Spectrograph – plus Adaptive Optics.

Plans for (Year): 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014