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What is better than an 8192x8192 CCD Mosaic imager: two Mosaic wide-field imagers, one for KPNO and one for CTIO
Author(s): Gary P. Muller; Richard Reed; Taft Armandroff; Todd A. Boroson; George H. Jacoby
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Paper Abstract

A new generation wide-field imager is being developed and will be put into service at sites in North and South America. Driven by the requirement for larger imaging areas and more pixels but limited by manufacturing process constraints, manufacturers are developing 2, 3, and 4-side buttable CCDs that can be tiled to achieve large imaging areas as opposed to developing a single large CCD. NOAO has designed, fabricated, and tested a wide-field imager called Mosaic that tiles 8 CCDs to produce an imaging area slightly greater than 123 mm X 123 mm. Several successful science observation runs have been completed using Mosaic at the KPNO Mayall 4 m and .9 m telescopes. A second Mosaic Wide-Field Imager is presently being manufactured and will be deployed at the CTIO Blanco 4 m telescope early next year. This report will focus on the mechanical design aspects of the Mosaic Imager and the upgrade path to achieve the scientific requirements will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3355, Optical Astronomical Instrumentation, (9 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316833
Show Author Affiliations
Gary P. Muller, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
Richard Reed, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
Taft Armandroff, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
Todd A. Boroson, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
George H. Jacoby, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)

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

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