The Sloan Digital Sky Survey is the largest redshift survey conducted to date, and the principal survey observations have all been conducted on the dedicated SDSS 2.5m and 0.5m telescopes at Apache Point Observatory. While the whole survey has many unique features, this article concentrates on a description of the systems surrounding the dual fibre-input spectrographs that obtain all the survey spectra and that are capable of recording 5,760 individual spectra per night on an industrial, consistent, mass-production basis. It is hoped that the successes and lessons learned will prove instructive for future large spectrographic surveys.
Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy
- Pub Date:
- September 2004
- Latex, 12 pages including 1 figure, uses spie.cls and spiebib.bst, accepted for publication in Proc. SPIE vol. 5492, Ground Based Telescopes and Instrumentation conference, Glasgow 2004 June