I don't usually photograph deep sky objects, but when I do, I use 8 meter telescopes :-P This is the very last image ever taken with VIMOS, one of the instruments we have at Paranal Observatory. It shows Arp271, a pair of interacting spiral galaxies located 110 lightyears away from us.
VIMOS (which stands for VIsible Multi Object Spectrograph) was an instrument designed to record the spectra of hundreds of targets in a single shot. The data collected by VIMOS over more than 15 years have been essential to improve our understanding of galaxy evolution. I've been lucky to be the Instrument Scientist of VIMOS for the last few years.
VIMOS was approaching the end of its lifetime, and we decommissioned it last March. Before its final removal, I decided to take a nice “goodbye image” to mark this milestone. The image you see here was processed by our colleagues in Garching.
Godspeed, VIMOS! You've done an amazing job! And thanks to @esoastronomy for sharing this image.
Image credit: ESO/Juan Carlos Muñoz