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First technical light for Giano at TNG


GIANO is the new near infrared echelle spectrograph of the TNG, which can yield, in a single exposure, 0.9-2.5 micron spectra at a resolution R~50,000.

On July 12th, 2012 the container with the instrument safely arrived at the TNG.

In just 4 days the instrument has been successfully unloaded, mounted, integrated and interfaced at the Nasmyth A focus by the GIANO & TNG Teams.

"The challenge of first light has been successfully achieved, now work must go on toward outstanding science. I wish to thank the GIANO and TNG teams", says Livia Origlia, PI of the instrument.

The technical first light on sky with the acquisitions of the first spectra of bright stars occurred on the night of July 27th, 2012.

Emilio Molinari, TNG director, adds: "Another major upgrade to our telescope this year, and another major effort for our professional team! now some rest please...".

More information on the project can be found at http://www.bo.astro.it/giano