IntroductionThe Kast Double Spectrograph is used at the cassegrain focus of the Shane 3-m Telescope. It is two separate spectrographs - one optimized for the red, the other for blue - housed in a single structure and having some components in common. Each side offers a selection of dispersive elements for various resolutions and dispersions, and both are also capable of direct imaging over a limited field. Dichroic beamsplitters and separate CCD detectors allow simultaneous observations in red and blue. Both sides are operated from a single interface. A polarimeter is also available for spectropolarimetry observations.
The Red side 600/5000 and 600/7500 gratings have been replaced with brand new gratings. Throughput should be higher as the old gratings were somewhat scratched and damaged due to age.
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