WIYN Information for Potential Partners

AAS Announcement


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. However, we are also interested in talking to potential partners about the possibility of creating a new consortium that would operate both the WIYN and Mayall 4-m telescope as a two-telescope system on Kitt Peak.

WIYN is an advanced technology telescope with active optics that routinely delivers superb image quality data (median PSF of 0.65") over a 1 degree field of view. To exploit these characteristics, WIYN is commissioning a new wide-field imager called pODI. This instrument, which is already producing high-quality data during early science commissioning (see http://www.wiyn.org/ODI/About/wiynpODI.html), is the forerunner of our planned One Degree Imager (ODI). pODI will be released to the WIYN and NOAO communities for shared-risk observations starting in March 2013. In addition to pODI, WIYN offers a suite of complementary instruments, including the Hydra multi-fiber positioner, the multi-purpose "Bench" spectrograph with conventional, echelle, and VPH grating options, a high spatial resolution NIR camera (WHIRC), and the SparsePak integral field unit (IFU). Details are available at http://www.noao.edu/wiyn/index.html. In addition, two new IFUs are slated for delivery soon.

We welcome inquiries by email. Members of the consortium also will attend the January AAS meeting in Long Beach, CA, and would welcome the opportunity to meet with interested parties. Expressions of interest should be sent to John Salzer (slaz@astro.indiana.edu).

The WIYN Consortium consists of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, Yale University, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO).

The One Degree Imager

The One Degree Imager (ODI) is the newest and largest instrument at WIYN. Learn more about ODI how WIYN and ODI are a Uniquely Powerful combination.

WIYN Instrumentation

WIYN has a suite of instruments available for use. A list of instruments along with manuals and supporting documentation can all be found on the Current WIYN Instrumentation page.

More Information

Further information and enquiries can be directed to:

John Salzer, WIYN Board President (slaz@astro.indiana.edu)

Last modified: 01-Apr-2014 11:39:21 MST