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First light with NEWFIRM
Author(s): Ronald G. Probst; James R. George; Philip N. Daly; Ken Don; Maureen Ellis
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Paper Abstract

NEWFIRM, the widefield infrared camera for the NOAO 4-m telescopes, saw first light in February 2007 and is now in service as a general user instrument. Previous papers have described it conceptually and presented design details. We discuss experience gained from assembly, laboratory testing, and on-sky commissioning. We present final system performance characteristics and summarize science use in its the first semester of general availability. NEWFIRM has met its requirement to provide a high efficiency observing system, optimized end-to-end for survey science.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70142S (9 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787473
Show Author Affiliations
Ronald G. Probst, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
James R. George, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Philip N. Daly, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Ken Don, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Maureen Ellis, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7014:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
Ian S. McLean; Mark M. Casali, Editor(s)

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