Paranal sky has been at its best for our last night of this run: perfectly clear and with enough ground layer to enjoy the power of the AOF. We focused on performance assessment, looking to star’s cluster at various places and measuring the improved image quality when we turn on and off the adaptive optics system.
We also took some longer exposure to measure the laser background impact.
A first quick analysis of the system performances gives us confidence that we will achieve a significant improvement of image quality most of the time. This will open a new discovery space for MUSE.
Thanks to AOF and Paranal experts, the robustness of the system has been much improved during this first commissioning. There is nevertheless still a number of open actions and we will be back in two weeks for another commissioning run.
It is time for us to leave. Thanks to all of you – Elena, Fernando, Gérard, Joel, Johan, Johann, Pierre, Peter, Ralf, Sebastian – for all the work performed in a very nice and constructive atmosphere. The commissioning team is tiny part of a group of many talented people which have been working hard for many years to achieve this fantastic results, the list is too long to be written here, but I want to warmly thank all of you. Thanks also to the Paranal staff for its hospitality and support.
It has been a great experience to share and we enjoyed so much the laser show in the magnificent sky of Paranal.
Stay tuned, we will be back on July 13th.