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IMACS: the multi-object spectrograph and imager for Magellan: a status report
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Paper Abstract

The Inamori Magellan Areal Camera and Spectrograph (IMACS) will soon be one of the three first-generation instruments for the Magellan 6.5m telescopes. This instrument drove the specification and design of the f/11 Gregorian focus on Magellan, which it uses to feed an all-spherical, refracting wide-field collimator with a 30 arcmin field of view. Two Epps cameras are used to re-image the field of view for imaging and spectroscopy. The aspheric, f/2 ("short") camera images a field of 27 x 27 arcmin at 0.2 arcsec/pixel, and produces 0.32 arcsec images averaged over all field positions across the 0.39 -1.05 micron bandpass. The all-spherical f/4 ("long") camera images a field 15 x 15 arcmin at 0.11 arcsec/pixel, and produces 0.16 arcsec images averaged over all field positions across the 0.365 - 1.0 micron bandpass. This paper describes the final specifications for the multiple spectrographic and imaging modes, and provides a status report on the current state of the instrument project.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, (7 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461870
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Bruce C. Bigelow, Observatories of the Carnegie Institute of Washington (United States)
Alan M. Dressler, Observatories of the Carnegie Institute of Washington (United States)


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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