J-PLUS Early Data Release

2017-Sep-29 09:45 all, survey
CEFCA announces worldwide open access to the Early Data Release (EDR) of the Javalambre Photometric Local Universe Survey. This EDR consists of 18 J-PLUS pointings at different locations of the sky, observed in the twelve J-PLUS photometric optical bands, overall amounting to 36deg2. We provide access to the J-PLUS catalogues with photometric data in all the twelve bands for more than 400.000 astronomical objects, together with the actual FITS images and proper masks to avoid bright stars and other undesired areas.
The aluminizing vacuum chamber and the cleaning unit for the maintenance of JST/T250 and JAST/T80 telescope's mirrors arrived yesterday at the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ). The chamber has been designed by CEFCA and Vacuum Technology Associates Inc, DYNAVAC (Boston, United States), responsible for its manufacture.
The Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ) is pleased to announce its first Call for Proposals for Semester 2016B (1st July - 31st December, 2016). The deadline for proposal submissions is March 15th.

J-PLUS started in November 2015

2015-Dec-02 16:15 all, survey
After an intense period of fine tuning and optimization tasks developed by the OAJ/CEFCA Team, systematic observations with T80Cam@JAST/T80 have started. The telescope–camera system is in optimal performance, reaching normally seeing-limited images. So far, a best gaussian FWHM of 0.63”(+/-0.09”) over the 2deg2 focal plane of T80Cam has been recorded.
During the last months has been carried out the installation process of the main storage and processing systems for the UPAD/T250. The infrastructure has been provided and installed by the companies Bull España S.A. and Fujitsu Technologies Solutions S.A. These systems increase the already existing capabilities of the UPAD/T80 in order to deal with the huge amount of data produced by JPCam once the camera is installed at JST/T250 telescope.
The twelve filters of the J-PLUS survey have been integrated into T80Cam, the scientific camera which is installed in the JAST/T80 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre.

First light of T80Cam

2015-Mar-04 14:07 all, instrumentation, upad
T80Cam, the scientific camera of the JAST/T80 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (CEFCA's observatory), has taken its first image of the Javalambre night sky. This achievement is known as First Light, as this is the first time that light coming from an astronomical object is registered by the T80Cam detector.
The scientific instrument for the JAST/T80 telescope, T80Cam, has been successfully installed at the Cassegrain focus of the JAST/T80 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (CEFCA).
J-PLUS filters have been received and accepted at CEFCA headquarters (Teruel). The filters have been manufactured by SCHOTT (Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland). These have been specifically developed for the J-PLUS survey and have required more than two years of research and development effort both from SCHOTT and CEFCA.
With the declaration of the OAJ (CEFCA's observatory) as ICTS, the center has received a recognition for its scientific, tecnological and innovative competitiveness and quality in the Spanish R&D system.
The Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) will receive 6.5 million euros from Fondo de Inversiones de Teruel (FITE). This fund was signed by the Gobierno de Aragón and Gobierno de España on November 30, 2012.
The Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) has installed the computer equipment for the robotic control of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ) and the storage and processing of the first data that will be provided by the telescopes of the OAJ.
The arrival of the telescope to the Pico del Buitre involves starting the night activities of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (CEFCA's observatory). This is one of the most important milestones of the project.
Last February, the factory integration phase of the JAST/T80 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (CEFCA) was completed. The telescope is assembled at Bamberg (Germany) where it is currently being tested with dummy optics. Preliminary tests show that the telescope can move with a velocity of up to 40 degrees per second, which makes T80 one of the worldwide fastest telescopes.
In mid-November, the Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) and US company Spectral Instruments signed a contract to provide the cryogenic camera system for the JAST/T80 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ).
The brazilian partners of the Javalambre Physics of the Accelerated Universe Astrophysical Survey (J-PAS) collaboration, will put an identical replica of the OAJ JAST/T80 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (CEFCA's observatory) in the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), in Chile.
On September 16th 2011, the dome of the JAST/T80 telescope arrived at the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (CEFCA's observatory). The dome, the final design of which was approved last January, has been manufactured by Ash-Dome (Illinois, USA) in galvanized steel and holds winds up to 250 Km/h.
The call for tenders for the supply contract of the Wide Field Focal Plane Imager for the JAST/T80 telescope (T80lm) Javalambre Astrophysical Observatory (CEFCA) is open.