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The Large Binocular Camera: description and performances of the first binocular imager
Author(s): R. Speziali; A. Di Paola; E. Giallongo; F. Pedichini; R. Ragazzoni; V. Testa; A. Baruffolo; C. De Santis; E. Diolaiti; J. Farinato; A. Fontana; S. Gallozzi; F. Gasparo; G. Gentile; A. Grazian; P. Manzato; F. Pasian; R. Smareglia; E. Vernet
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Paper Abstract

Since the very beginning of 2008, the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) is officially equipped with it's first binocular instrument ready for science observations: the Large Binocular Camera (LBC). This is a double CCD imager, installed at the prime focus stations of the two 8.4m telescopes of LBT, able to obtain deep and wide field images in the whole optical spectrum from UV to NIR wavelengths. We present here the overall architecture of the instrument, a brief hardware review of the two imagers and notes how observations are carried on. At the end we report preliminary results on the performances of the instrument along with some images obtained during the first months of observations in binocular mode.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70144T (11 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790132
Show Author Affiliations
R. Speziali, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
A. Di Paola, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
E. Giallongo, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
F. Pedichini, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
R. Ragazzoni, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
V. Testa, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
A. Baruffolo, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
C. De Santis, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
E. Diolaiti, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna (Italy)
J. Farinato, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
A. Fontana, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
S. Gallozzi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
F. Gasparo, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
G. Gentile, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
A. Grazian, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
P. Manzato, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
F. Pasian, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
R. Smareglia, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
E. Vernet, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)


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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