In this webpage you can find detailed and updated information on the MEGARA instrument. Below is a list of the recent and upcoming talks that we, members of the instrument team, will be giving in difference centers across the GTC Consortium member countries. Please, if you are interested in hearing more on the status and capabilities of MEGARA you can contact us at agil@ucm.es and we will try to arrange a visit to your center asap.

In this link you can also find a description of the plans for the exploitation of the MEGARA Guaranteed Time and targets to be observed as part of it.

Recent and upcoming MEGARA talks:

Date Place Speaker
March 9th 2018 Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias Marisa García Vargas
March 16th 2018 Instituto de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica Esperanza Carrasco Licea
March 21st 2018 Centro de Astrobiología, Torrejón Armando Gil de Paz
March 22nd 2018 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Armando Gil de Paz
March 23rd 2018 Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía Jorge Iglesias-Páramo
May 8th 2018 CEFCA, Teruel Armando Gil de Paz
May 2018 ESAC, Villafranca del Castillo Armando Gil de Paz

MEGARA (Multi-Espectrógrafo en GTC de Alta Resolución para Astronomía) is a facility instrument designed for the 10.4m GTC telescope in La Palma (Spain). Once installed at GTC by the end of 2016, will offer two different observing modes to the community, the Large Compact Bundle (LCB) mode, an Integral Field Unit (IFU) covering 12.5” x 11.3” on the sky with a spaxel size of 0.62” and a Multi-Object Spectroscopy (MOS) mode that will allow observing 100 objects in a region of 3.5’ x 3.5’ around the LCB IFU. Eight of these bundles will be devoted to the determination of the sky during the observation with the LCB. Each of the MEGARA MOS positioners can place a mini-bundle of 7 fibers (0.62”/fiber) with an absolute positioning requirement of 25 micron, covering an approximately circular area of 1.6" in diameter on the sky. Both the LCB IFU and MOS capabilities of MEGARA will provide intermediate-to-high spectral resolutions (R~6000, 11000 and 18700).

MEGARA@GTC In this webpage you can find information on the detailed design and construction status of the MEGARA instrument for the 10.4m GTC telescope along with its scientific drivers as put together by our Science Team. MEGARA will arrive to GTC before the end of 2016 with a planned first light on April 2017.

The MEGARA consortium is responsible for the design and construction of the instrument and includes the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM, Spain), the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE, México), the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC, Spain), and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM, Spain). Main private contractors are FRACTAL (Spain) and AVS (Spain). Other contractors include SEDI (France), Wasatch Photonics (USA), AMUS (Germany), GMV (Spain) and Hellma Materials GmbH.

The PI (Armando Gil de Paz) and the Science Group at UCM belong to GUAIX, the UCM group of Extragalactic Astrophysics and Astronomical Instrumentation, part of the "Departamento de Astrofísica y CC. de la Atmósfera".

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