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SOAR Optical Imager
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Paper Abstract

The SOAR Optical Imager (SOI) is the commissioning instrument for the 4.2-m SOAR telescope, which is sited on Cerro Pachón, and due for first light in April 2003. It is being built at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, and is one of a suite of first-light instruments being provided by the four SOAR partners (NOAO, Brazil, University of North Carolina, Michigan State University). The instrument is designed to produce precision photometry and to fully exploit the expected superb image quality of the SOAR telescope, over a 6x6 arcmin field. Design goals include maintaining high throughput down to the atmospheric cut-off, and close reproduction of photometric passbands throughout 310-1050nm. The focal plane consists of a two-CCD mosaic of 2Kx4K Lincoln Labs CCDs, following an atmospheric dispersion corrector, focal reducer, and tip-tilt sensor. Control and data handling are within the LabVIEW-Linux environment used throughout the SOAR Project.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, (7 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.457977
Show Author Affiliations
Alistair R. Walker, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, NOAO (Chile)
Maxime Boccas, Gemini Observatory (United States)
Marco Bonati, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Ramon Galvez, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, NOAO (Chile)
Manual Martinez, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, NOAO (Chile)
Patricio Schurter, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, NOAO (Chile)
Ricardo E. Schmidt, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, NOAO (Chile)
Michael C. Ashe, Southern Astrophysical Research Corp. (SOAR) (United States)
Imaginetics, Inc. (United States)
Francisco Delgado, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, NOAO (Chile)
Roberto Tighe, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, NOAO (Chile)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4841:
Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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