WIYN Observatory

The WIYN Observatory supports the current and future research and education needs of its scientists by operating and maintaining the WIYN facilities at a superb level of performance, and by developing opportunities to enable frontier astrophysical research.

NOAO Continues Community Access to WIYN

The September, 2014 NOAO Newsletter (#110) contains the following statement: "NOAO is happy to announce that community access to WIYN will continue during 2015A." WIYN is delighted to continue to be able to host observers from the community at large in the 2015A semester. Potential observers should consult the WIYN status page before writing proposals.

ODI Update: 5x5 Upgrade is Starting

The long anticipated ODI upgrade is starting! We will add of order 12 (the final number is yet a bit uncertain) new detectors to the existing 13 detectors in the ODI focal plane. By rearranging the current detectors and adding new ones, the scientifically useful field of view of ODI will increase from the current 24' x 24' to approximately 40' by 40' on the sky. Yes, that is almost a 1 degree diagonal, so we can rightfully call our instrument the "One Degree Class Imager".

Just before Thanksgiving we will remove the ODI dewar from the telescope and, should we still be able to fit into our clean suits after Thanksgiving, work will start in the clean room to extract the focal plane. In January, the new detectors will be installed at the University of Arizona's Imaging Technology Laboratory and the upgraded focal plane will return to NOAO in early February.

Installation, dewar refurbishment, and extensive detector optimization will take us to mid May, when ODI will ship back to Kitt Peak. While the final dates are still evolving, we will schedule the installation of ODI right after Memorial Day. First light and commissioning throughput will occur in June 2015, allowing for first shared risk science data to be taken with 5x5 ODI in July 2015.

Follow us on twitter and facebook for more information as the ODI upgrade project progresses.

Read all about ODI's happenings in the ODI Status Update.

WIYN Consortium Seeks New Partners

The WIYN Consortium, which operates the 3.5-m WIYN telescope on Kitt Peak in Arizona, is seeking new partners to join the consortium. Our immediate goal is to secure the future operations of the WIYN 3.5-m telescope.

For additional information, view the Potential Partner Information or contact John Salzer (slaz at astro.indiana.edu).

Last modified: 17-Oct-2014 15:34:32 MST