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30 September 2004 AAOmega: a scientific and optical overview
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AAOmega is a new spectrograph for the existing 2dF and SPIRAL multifibre systems on the Ango-Australian Telescope. It is a bench-mounted, dual-beamed, articulating, all-Schmidt design, using volume phase holographic gratings. The wavelength range is 370-950nm, with spectral resolutions from 1400-10000. Throughput, spectral coverage, and maximum resolution are all more than doubled compared with the existing 2dF spectrographs, and stability is increased by orders of magnitude. These features allow entirely new classes of observation to be undertaken, as well as dramatically improving existing ones. AAOmega is scheduled for delivery and commissioning in Semester 2005B.
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Will Saunders, Terry Bridges, Peter Gillingham, Roger Haynes, Greg A. Smith, John D. Whittard, Vladimir Churilov, Allan Lankshear, Scott Croom, Damien Jones, and Christopher Boshuizen "AAOmega: a scientific and optical overview", Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004);

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