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PANIC: a near-infrared camera for the Magellan telescopes
Author(s): Paul Martini; S. Eric Persson; David C. Murphy; Christoph Birk; Stephen A. Shectman; Steve M. Gunnels; Erich Koch
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Paper Abstract

PANIC (Persson's Auxiliary Nasmyth Infrared Camera) is a near-infrared camera designed to operate at any one of the f/11 folded ports of the 6.5m Magellan telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile. The instrument is built around a simple, all-refractive design that reimages the Magellan focal plane to a plate scale of 0.125"/pixel onto a Rockwell 1024x1024 HgCdTe detector. The design goals for PANIC included excellent image quality to sample the superb seeing measured with the Magellan telescopes, high throughput, a relatively short construction time, and low cost. PANIC has now been in regular operation for over one year and has proved to be highly reliable and produce excellent images. The best recorded image quality has been ~0.2" FWHM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551828
Show Author Affiliations
Paul Martini, Observatories of the Carnegie Institute of Washington (United States)
Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
S. Eric Persson, Observatories of the Carnegie Institute of Washington (United States)
David C. Murphy, Observatories of the Carnegie Institute of Washington (United States)
Christoph Birk, Observatories of the Carnegie Institute of Washington (United States)
Stephen A. Shectman, Observatories of the Carnegie Institute of Washington (United States)
Steve M. Gunnels, Paragon Engineering (United States)
Erich Koch, Dedicated Micro Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5492:
Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy
Alan F. M. Moorwood; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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