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LDSS-2: Low Dispersion Survey Spectrograph

First light (at ING): March 1992.

De-commissioned: June 1999.

Designed and built by: Durham University and RGO.

Description: The Low Dispersion Survey Spectrograph (LDSS-2), mounted at the Cassegrain focus of the WHT, is a system designed to obtain spectra of objects lying in the apparent magnitude range 20 to 23. In the case of these faint objects one requires a spectrograph of high efficiency avoiding light losses that occur in fibre feeds. The LDSS system is a focal reducer providing a collimated space where grisms of different dispersion may be placed. A focal plane mask is used to isolate the objects to be studied together with regions of night sky, and multiple spectra may be recorded on a CCD.

Time allocations:
Nights scheduled since semester 2007B

Instrument information:

LDSS-2 Users´ Manual

Research impact:

Publications (5 from ING paper count)

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Last modified: 08 November 2023