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The WIYN one degree imager in 2018: an extended 30-detector focal plane
Author(s): Daniel R. Harbeck; Mike Lesser; Wilson Liu; Bob Stupak; Ron George; Ron Harris; Gary Poczulp; Jayadev Rajagopal; Ralf Kotulla; David Ouellete; Eric J. Hooper; Michael Smith; Dustin Mason; Peter Onaka; Greg Chin; Emily Hunting; Robert Christensen
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Paper Abstract

We report on the upgraded One Degree Imager (ODI) at the WIYN 3.5 meter telescope at the Kitt Peak Observatory after the focal plane was expanded by an additional seventeen detectors in spring 2015. The now thirty Orthogonal Transfer Array CCD detectors provide a total field of view of 40’ x 48’ on the sky. The newly added detectors underwent a design revision to mitigate reduced charge transfer efficiency under low light conditions. We discuss the performance of the focal plane and challenges in the photometric calibration of the wide field of view, helped by the addition of telescope baffles. In a parallel project, we upgraded the instrument’s three filter arm mechanisms, where a degrading worm-gear mechanism was replaced by a chain drive that is operating faster and with high reliability. Three more filters, a u’ band and two narrow band filters were added to the instrument’s complement, with two additional narrow band filters currently in procurement (including an Hα filter). We review the lessons learned during nearly three years of operating the instrument in the observatory environment and discuss infrastructure upgrades that were driven by ODI’s needs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 1070229 (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2311528
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel R. Harbeck, Las Cumbres Observatory (United States)
WIYN Observatory (United States)
Mike Lesser, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Wilson Liu, WIYN Observatory (United States)
Bob Stupak, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Ron George, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Ron Harris, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Gary Poczulp, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Jayadev Rajagopal, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Ralf Kotulla, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
David Ouellete, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Eric J. Hooper, WIYN Observatory (United States)
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
Michael Smith, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
Dustin Mason, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
Peter Onaka, Univ. of Hawai'i, Manoa (United States)
Greg Chin, Univ. of Hawai'i, Manoa (United States)
Emily Hunting, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Robert Christensen, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10702:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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