EAS Publications Series
Volume 33, 20082nd ARENA Conference: The Astrophysical Science Cases at Dome C
|Page(s)||83 - 88|
|Published online||13 November 2008|
H. Zinnecker, N. Epchtein and H. Rauer (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 33 (2008) 83-88
Status of VISTA, and Public Surveys
Astronomy Unit, QMUL, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
VISTA is the new 4-metre wide-field survey telescope now nearing completion at ESO's Paranal Observatory. It has a single instrument, a very large near-infrared camera with a 1.65 degree diameter field, 67 Mpixels and 0.6 deg2 active detector coverage. Most of VISTA's observing time will be used by six Public Surveys recently selected by ESO. Comparing to possible future surveys from Dome C, a 2.4 m class telescope at Dome C would give slightly better sensitivity than VISTA at Y, J, H bands, but would require an unrealistic number of near-IR detectors to match VISTA's field of view. In the Kdark and visible bands the comparison is much more favourable to Dome C, so a good strategy for Dome C surveys is to emphasise complementarity by concentrating on the Kdark band, and i-band weak lensing surveys.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2008
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