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The Evryscope: design and performance of the first full-sky gigapixel-scale telescope
Author(s): Nicholas M. Law; Octavi Fors; Jeffrey Ratzloff; Henry Corbett; Daniel del Ser; Philip Wulfken
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Paper Abstract

The Evryscope is a new type of telescope which covers the entire accessible sky in each exposure. Its 8000- square-degree field-of-view and 691 MPix telescope is sensitive to exoplanet transits and other short timescale events not discernible from existing large-sky-area astronomical surveys. The telescope, which places 24 separate individual telescopes into a common mount which tracks the entire accessible sky with only one moving part, is building 1%-precision, many-year-length, high-cadence light curves for every accessible object brighter than ~16th magnitude. The camera readout times are short enough to provide near-continuous observing, with a 97% survey time efficiency. The Evryscope has the largest survey grasp of any current ground-based survey, and for bright-object high-cadence observations is the only existing survey within an order of magnitude of LSST's etendue. We deployed the Evryscope, funded by NSF/ATI, at CTIO in May 2015. We here present the telescope design, performance, and project status.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 August 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99061M (8 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233349
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Nicholas M. Law, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
Octavi Fors, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
Jeffrey Ratzloff, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
Henry Corbett, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
Daniel del Ser, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
Philip Wulfken, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9906:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI
Helen J. Hall; Roberto Gilmozzi; Heather K. Marshall, Editor(s)

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