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CAMERA: a compact, automated, laser adaptive optics system for small aperture telescopes
Author(s): Matthew Britton; Viswa Velur; Nick Law; Philip Choi; Bryan E. Penprase
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Paper Abstract

CAMERA is an autonomous laser guide star adaptive optics system designed for small aperture telescopes. This system is intended to be mounted permanently on such a telescope to provide large amounts of flexibly scheduled observing time, delivering high angular resolution imagery in the visible and near infrared. The design employs a Shack Hartmann wavefront sensor, a 12x12 actuator MEMS device for high order wavefront compensation, and a solid state 355nm ND:YAG laser to generate a guide star. Commercial CCD and InGaAs detectors provide coverage in the visible and near infrared. CAMERA operates by selecting targets from a queue populated by users and executing these observations autonomously. This robotic system is targeted towards applications that are diffcult to address using classical observing strategies: surveys of very large target lists, recurrently scheduled observations, and rapid response followup of transient objects. This system has been designed and costed, and a lab testbed has been developed to evaluate key components and validate autonomous operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 701516 (7 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789973
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew Britton, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Viswa Velur, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Nick Law, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Philip Choi, Pomona College (United States)
Bryan E. Penprase, Pomona College (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7015:
Adaptive Optics Systems
Norbert Hubin; Claire E. Max; Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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