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Current status of HiPERCAM (1 July 2018)

After 5 months mounted on Folded Cassegrain Port E of the GTC, HiPERCAM was removed from the telescope on 20 June 2018 so that an autoguider can be installed in the rotator. The instrument is currently being stored in the Coudé room of the GTC and will be mounted on the telescope again from approximately September 2018 until the end of the year to observe the successful 2018B GTC proposals.



Project milestones

Date Description
22 Jul 2013 €3.5M ERC Advanced Grant award to Dhillon announced.
Jul-Dec 2013 Negotiations with ERC, e2v, UKATC, Universities.
1 Jan 2014 ERC grant started.
24 Feb 2014 Contract signed with UKATC.
26 Feb 2014 Contract signed with e2v.
3 Apr 2014 Project kick-off meeting at UKATC.
11 Nov 2014 Scintillation-correction meeting at UKATC.
21 Nov 2014 PDR at UKATC.
17 Feb 2015 Contract signed with ESO for CCD controllers.
21 Apr 2015 Contract signed with UCryo for CCD heads.
27 Apr 2015 GPS system ordered.
13 May 2015 Optical CDR and mechanical PDR at UKATC.
6 Jun 2015 SDSS filters delivered.
11 Jun 2015 GPS system delivered.
30 Jun 2015 GTC selected for collimator design.
20 Jul 2015 Mechanical sample CCDs delivered to Sheffield by e2v.
23 Jul 2015 Scintillation requirements document completed.
30 Jul 2015 Dichroics ordered from Asahi.
13 Aug 2015 ESO NGC delivered.
2 Sep 2015 Contract variation with UCryo signed.
7 Sep 2015 Cryostat windows ordered from Asahi.
10 Sep 2015 Characterisation Results Review meeting at e2v.
22 Sep 2015 Optics tender closed.
21 Oct 2015 Mechanical CDR at UKATC.
2 Nov 2015 Optics contract awarded to RMI.
11 Jan 2016 Engineering-grade CCDs delivered to UKATC by e2v.
13 Jan 2016 First visit to GTC to see Folded Cassegrain focus.
29 Feb 2016 1x G28 and 3x G27 science CCDs delivered to UKATC by e2v.
2 Mar 2016 Dichroics delivered.
21 Mar 2016 2x G29 science CCDs delivered to UKATC by e2v.
28 Jun 2016 HiPERCAM talk at SPIE, Edinburgh.
4 Jul 2016 Dichroics mounted in frames and installed in hull.
22 Sep 2016 Hull driven up to UKATC.
24 Oct 2016 Lens barrels arrive at UKATC from RMI.
26 Oct 2016 Lens barrels installed on hull.
Jan-Mar 2017 Alignment of dichroics and lens barrels in optics lab at UKATC.
16 Jun 2017 Hull moved to Crawford lab for integration with CCD heads.
22 Aug 2017 CCD1 installed in head.
24 Aug 2017 Opto-mechanical chassis parts sent for anodising.
1 Sep 2017 CCD5 installed in head.
6 Sep 2017 CCD1 and CCD5 aligned on hull.
8 Sep 2017 CCD4 installed in head.
14 Sep 2017 CCD2 installed in head.
14 Sep 2017 CCD4 aligned on hull.
20 Sep 2017 CCD3 installed in head.
22 Sep 2017 CCD2 and CCD3 aligned on hull.
24 Sep 2017 Opto-mechanical chassis assembly completed in Sheffield.
25 Sep 2017 CE testing of trolley and collar at Portabello.
26-29 Sep 2017 Final assembly, integration and packing at UKATC.
29 Sep 2017 HiPERCAM shipped from UKATC to La Palma.
17-22 Oct 2017 Commissioning and first WHT science run.
Nov 2017-Jan 2018 Multiple UKATC visits to repair CCD1 and perform NGC hardware/software enhancements.
14-21 Jan 2018 WHT visit to realign CCD1, replace dichroic clamp and install vacuum manifold.
23 Jan 2018 UKATC visit to modify NGC boards.
2-14 Feb 2018 Commissioning and first GTC science run.
9 Mar 2018 Remaining equipment at UKATC moved to Sheffield.
15-20 Mar 2018 GTC visit to repair CCD1 and CCD2.
5-8 Apr 2018 GTC visit to repair CCD3.
14-19 Apr 2018 Second GTC science run.
27 Apr 2018 First COMPO meeting at UKATC.
17-21 May 2018 Third GTC science run.
30 May 2018 Second COMPO meeting at Durham.
6-10 Jun 2018 Fourth GTC science run.
11 Jun 2018 HiPERCAM talk at SPIE, Austin.
20 Jun 2018 HiPERCAM removed from GTC for autoguider installation.