HARPSpol: Assembly and Testing in Utrecht


After Uppsala the polarimeter arrived to the Netherlands.


The Netherlands is always spectacular in April:

and so is Utrecht:



But we came to work and so we worked hard.


While Frans and Michiel installed the optical components into a very delicate and miniature optical tables


our instrument designer Andrey was visiting local workshops


and I was talking to some important people


Of course, the assembly and testing process was thoroughly documented:



We also needed to decide how the instrument should travel to Chile. After considering several options


we let ESO handle the transport.


Ready to go:


HARPSpol next to the testbench on an optical table in Utrecht on April 17th 2009


The device was shipped to Garching on May 1st and from there to Chile.


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