-got acceptance from LBTO
-so schedule remains as listed here

-Instrument cool
-testing of all components running

September 2008:
Start of commissioning LUCIFER 1
(planned w49/2007)

August 2008:
re-integration of LUCIFER 1 at LBTO
(planned w44/2007)

June/July 2008:
transport LUCIFER 1 to Tucson
(planned w40/2007)

May/June 2008 :
Lab acceptance tests Europe
(planned w4/2008)

April/May 2008:
Verification Tests Europe LUCIFER1
(duration: 20 days)
planned (w35/2007)

August 2007:
- detailed flexure tests at telescope simulator
- reliability testing



NEWS (02.07.2008):

LUCIFER 1 passed the acceptance test succesfully

- 09/2008: commissioning LUCIFER 1

newest images in database:

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The LUCIFER Project is funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF). It is a collaboration of five German institutes, Landessternwarte Heidelberg, Max Planck Institut für Astronomie (Heidelberg), Max Planck Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Garching), Fachhochschule für Technik und Gestaltung (Mannheim), Astronomisches Institut der Universität Bochum.

The aim is the development and construction of two near-infrared multi-mode instruments for the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), which is located near Tucson, Arizona (USA). The LBT consists of two 8.4m mirrors in one mounting, offering diffraction limited observing using adaptive secondary mirrors. LUCIFER will provide imaging, long-slit and multi-object spectroscopy, using 33 exchangable masks.

It is planned to have „First-Light“ with LUCIFER 1 in the summer of 2008, with LUCIFER 2 following one year later.


-Marcus Jütte, Astronomisches Institut Ruhr-Uni-Bochum-