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7 March 2003 First diffraction limited images at VLT with NAOS and CONICA
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In November 2001, the VLT has been equipped for the first time with an adaptive optics system, NAOS. NAOS has been designed to provide good image quality over a wide range of conditions, allowing thus a large variety of astrophysical programs, from Solar System to extragalactic studies. NAOS feeds a camera CONICA which provides imaging, coronagraphic, spectroscopic and polarimetric capabilities between 1 and 5 microns. NAOS and CONICA (hereafter NACO) have been commissioned over the past months. We present in this paper the first images recorded by NACO during the commissioning period, illustrating the capabilities of this new instrument.
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Anne-Marie Lagrange, G. Chauvin, Thierry Fusco, Eric Gendron, Daniel Rouan, Markus Hartung, Francois Lacombe, David Mouillet, Gerard Rousset, Pierre Drossart, Rainer Lenzen, Claire Moutou, Wolfgang Brandner, Norbert N. Hubin, Yann Clenet, Andrea Stolte, Rainer Schoedel, Gerard Zins, and Jason Spyromilio "First diffraction limited images at VLT with NAOS and CONICA", Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, (7 March 2003);

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