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Fly's Eye camera system: optical imaging using a hexapod platform
Author(s): Attila Jaskó; András Pál; Krisztián Vida; László Mészáros; Gergely Csépány; György Mező
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Paper Abstract

The Fly's Eye Project is a high resolution, high coverage time-domain survey in multiple optical passbands: our goal is to cover the entire visible sky above the 30° horizontal altitude with a cadence of ~3 min. Imaging is going to be performed by 19 wide-field cameras mounted on a hexapod platform resembling a fly’s eye. Using a hexapod developed and built by our team allows us to create a highly fault-tolerant instrument that uses the sky as a reference to define its own tracking motion. The virtual axis of the platform is automatically aligned with the Earth’s rotational axis; therefore the same mechanics can be used independently from the geographical location of the device. Its enclosure makes it capable of autonomous observing and withstanding harsh environmental conditions. We briefly introduce the electrical, mechanical and optical design concepts of the instrument and summarize our early results, focusing on sidereal tracking. Due to the hexapod design and hence the construction is independent from the actual location, it is considerably easier to build, install and operate a network of such devices around the world.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9145, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V, 91453S (22 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055486
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Attila Jaskó, MTA Research Ctr. for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (Hungary)
András Pál, MTA Research Ctr. for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (Hungary)
Eötvös Loránd Univ. (Hungary)
Krisztián Vida, MTA Research Ctr. for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (Hungary)
László Mészáros, MTA Research Ctr. for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (Hungary)
Eötvös Loránd Univ. (Hungary)
Gergely Csépány, MTA Research Ctr. for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (Hungary)
Eötvös Loránd Univ. (Hungary)
European Southern Observatory (Germany)
György Mező, MTA Research Ctr. for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (Hungary)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9145:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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