The aim of the Telescope Operation Group of the OOCC is the correct management of the different facilities owned by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) at the Observatorios de Canarias (OOCC), the IAC’s own instrumentation and part of the observing time granted the IAC by other installations. There exist three types of facilities: Instruments, Telescopes and Experiments (ITE). Regarding the first type, we are in charge of those instruments developed by the IAC and in currently operation, such as AOLI, GHaFaS or LIRIS on the WHT, FastCam on NOT, TIP or TIP-II on the VTT and GREGOR, MuSCAT-2 and FastCam on TCS, CAMELOT2 on IAC80, etc.
The telescopes include those belongint to IAC -Carlos Sánchez Telescope, IAC80 or MONS-, the time allocated to Spain on the OGS and on the SARA network of telescopes – JKP, KP and CT-, and the CAT service nights in non-IAC facilities –TNG, INT and NOT–. Likewise, review tasks or small operations are performed on other telescopes, such as ARTEMIS.
With regard to the experiments, there are three groups: the CMB complex, the Solar Laboratory (SL) and the small telescopes and experiments (DIMMA, SQM, TAT, etc.).
Having this variety of installations in mind, the main goals to achieve are three:
Perfect operation of the facilities during the observing periods available for the international astronomical community.
A continuous update of the installations to new technologies and the accomplishment of any improvements in order to provide astronomers a more friendly operation environment.
The astronomers must obtain the maximum benefit from their observational periods at the ITE.
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