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Table 1

VISTA: main system parameters.

Parameter Value

Site Paranal Observatory, Chile
Primary mirror diameter 4.10 m
Secondary mirror diameter 1.241 m
Focus Cassegrain only
System focal length (with IR corrector) 12.072 m
M1–M2 spacing 2725.7 mm
Mount type Alt-azimuth
Moving mass 90 tonnes
VIRCAM wavelength range 0.8−2.3 μm
Field of view (VIRCAM) 1.65 degree (diameter)
Field on IR pixels 0.6 deg2
Mean pixel scale 0.339 arcsec
VIRCAM science detectors Sixteen Raytheon-VIRGO HgCdTe, 20482 format
VIRCAM guide/wavefront detectors Six E2V CCD 42-40, 20482 format
Filter set (current) Z,Y,J,H,Ks, two narrowbands, one dark.

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