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The UKIRT wide-field camera (WFCAM): commissioning and performance on the telescope
Author(s): Paul Hirst; Mark Casali; Andy Adamson; Derek Ives; Tom Kerr
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Paper Abstract

The UKIRT Wide-Field Camera (WFCAM) was commissioned in two phases between October and December 2004, and March and April 2005. It has been carrying out full-scale sky survey operations since May 2005. This paper describes the commissioning process and compares actual performance on the telescope with specifications in four key areas: optical image quality including delivered FWHM and ghosting etc., noise and sensitivity in the infrared and on the visible autoguider, array artifacts such as crosstalk and persistent images, and observing efficiency. A comprehensive program of science verification was carried out before commencing the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS).

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 June 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6269, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy, 62690Y (28 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670887
Show Author Affiliations
Paul Hirst, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Mark Casali, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr., Royal Observatory (United Kingdom)
European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andy Adamson, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Derek Ives, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr., Royal Observatory (United Kingdom)
Tom Kerr, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6269:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy
Ian S. McLean; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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