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MegaCam: a wide-field optical/infrared camera for the UH 2.2-m telescope
Author(s): Joseph L. Hora; Gerard Anthony Luppino; Klaus-Werner Hodapp
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Paper Abstract

The MegaCam is a multi-purpose, wide-field, two-color camera being designed for use at the UH 2.2m telescope. The camera will utilize a Rockwell 1024 x 1024 HgCdTe detector array for 1-2.5 micrometers imaging, and a 2048 x 4096 frame-store CCD (2048 x 2048 active area) for optical imaging. The optics are based on a modified Offner relay design with additional lenses to give a 2:1 magnification in the infrared channel for a field of view of 5'.8 x 5'.8 (0.34 arcsec/pixel) using the f/10 telescope secondary, or a scale of 1'.9 x 1'.9 (0.15 arcsec/pixel) at f/31. This design provides a simple, high-throughput, and compact optical layout. A beamsplitter is placed in front of the IR optics at a low angle of incidence to form the optical image at 1:1 magnification on the CCD, for a field of view of 4'.7 x 4'.7 and 1'.5 x 1'.5 at f/10 and f/31, respectively. The optics and filters are to be housed in a LN2-cooled dewar. The CCD and IR arrays will be operated with modified SDSU-design controllers. The user interface will have several modes to make simultaneous optical/IR imaging simple to configure and perform at the telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2198, Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176763
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph L. Hora, Univ. of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (United States)
Gerard Anthony Luppino, Univ. of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (United States)
Klaus-Werner Hodapp, Univ. of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2198:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII
David L. Crawford; Eric R. Craine, Editor(s)

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