|Broad Science Goals
- Twin telescopes in both hemispheres provide participant members with access to the entire sky
- To provide the best image quality possible from the ground for telescopes of their size.
- To provide the cleanest possible (i.e. lowest possible emissivity) telescopes, for optimal infrared observing from the ground.
The Gemini Observatory is a world-leader in wide-field adaptive optics assisted infrared imaging, and supports research in almost all areas of astronomy.
|Maunakea, Hawai‘i, USA
|4124 meters (13,825 ft)
|46-meter rotating dome
|Field of View
|Maximum 10 arcminutes diameter on the bottom port, and 7 arcminutes diameter on the side ports due to science fold mirror size
|Diameter: Primary M1
|Material: Primary M1
|Corning Ultra-Low Expansion (ULE) Glass
|Diameter: Secondary M2
|Material: Secondary M2
|rapid tip-tilt and chopping mechanism
|First Light Date
|AO system, ALTAIR, has been offered at Gemini North since 2003 and is now available for use with both natural and laser guide stars with NIRI and NIFS.
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Updated on February 15, 2022, 3:56 am