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The new cross-dispersion prism with higher refraction index for a larger separation of echelle orders necessary to record two polarized beams in one exposure was found to have a very poor image quality. It will be sent back to the manufacturer in February.

Ilya Ilyin, who provides the primary support for the instrument, is moving to a new job in Potsdam which might make future support for the instrument difficult.

Thomas Augusteijn 2004-01-06