First light of NEAR vortex coronagraph at VLT!

Tonight the NEAR commissioning team obtained the first observations with the vortex coronagraph of the revamped VISIR camera, now sitting behind the VLT-UT4 adaptive optics system. The coronagraph seems to behave beautifully, with more than 100 rejection on the peak, while the QACITS pointing loop is not active yet!

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