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Installation and first light of the BOOTES-IR near-IR camera
Author(s): R. Cunniffe; A. J. Castro-Tirado; P. Kubánek; M. Jelínek; S. Vítek; J. Gorosabel; A. de Ugarte Postigo; A. Riva; F. Zerbi; A. Claret; C. Sánchez-Fernández
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Paper Abstract

BIRCAM is a near-infrared (0.8-2.5um) cryogenic camera based on a 1Kx1K HgCdTe array. It was designed for - and is now mounted at - one of the Nasmyth foci of the fast-slewing 0.6 m BOOTES-IR telescope at the Sierra Nevada Observatory (OSN) in Spain. The primary science mission is prompt Gamma Ray-Burst afterglow research, with an implied demand for extremely time-efficient operation. We describe the challenges of installing a heavy camera on a small high-speed telescope, of integrating the dithering mechanism, the filterwheel, and the array itself into a high-efficiency instrument, the design of the software to meet the requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7019, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II, 70191H (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789774
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R. Cunniffe, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)
A. J. Castro-Tirado, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)
P. Kubánek, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)
M. Jelínek, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)
S. Vítek, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)
J. Gorosabel, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)
A. de Ugarte Postigo, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)
A. Riva, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
F. Zerbi, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
A. Claret, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)
C. Sánchez-Fernández, European Space Astronomy Ctr. (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7019:
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II
Alan Bridger; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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