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Big Throughput Camera: the first year
Author(s): David M. Wittman; J. Anthony Tyson; Gary M. Bernstein; Robert W. Lee; Ian P. Dell'Antonio; P. Fischer; D. R. Smith; Morley M. Blouke
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Paper Abstract

The Big Throughput Camera (BTC) recently celebrated its first anniversary as a user instrument on the Blanco 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory (CTIO), where it collects more photons per second than any other nighttime astronomical camera in the world. We offer a look at the successes and lessons learned during the first year of operation. After an overview of the hardware, we describe the software from the user's point of view, and then offer examples of the observing targets and strategies used. BTC has become very popular among CTIO observers -- more than one- third of dark time is now assigned to BTC -- but the large field of view leads to some new data reduction challenges which we discuss in the final section.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3355, Optical Astronomical Instrumentation, (9 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316787
Show Author Affiliations
David M. Wittman, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
J. Anthony Tyson, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Gary M. Bernstein, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Robert W. Lee, Lassen Research (United States)
Ian P. Dell'Antonio, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
P. Fischer, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
D. R. Smith, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Morley M. Blouke, Scientific Imaging Technology, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3355:
Optical Astronomical Instrumentation
Sandro D'Odorico, Editor(s)

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