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FastCam optomechanical system design and manufacture
Author(s): Gaizka Murga; Rubén Sanquirce; Ramón Campo; Alex Oscoz; Roberto López; Rafael Rebolo
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Paper Abstract

FastCam is an instrument jointly developed by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), designed to obtain high spatial resolution images in the optical wavelength range from ground-based telescopes (http://www.iac.es/proyecto/fastcam and http://www.iac.es/telescopes/Manuales/manualfastcam.pdf). The instrument is equipped with a very low noise and very fast readout speed EMCCD camera which provides short exposure images to an FPGA-based processor which performs the selection, recenterg and combination of images in real-time (applying Lucky Imaging techniques) to provide diffraction limited resolution images in 1-4 m class telescopes from 500 to 1100 nm. IDOM has contributed to this new state-of-the-art instrument with the design of an optomechanical system conceived to maximize the image scale stability of the system for astrometry. The combination of aluminum plates, carbon fiber (CFRP) rods and stainless steel mounts in the optical bench defines an athermalized and stiff design to meet the requirements of thermal and mechanical stability. This work has been done with the support of the Aerospace Subprogramme of the Spanish Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) and the INTEK programme of the Basque Development Agency (SPRI).

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77353E (19 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856736
Show Author Affiliations
Gaizka Murga, IDOM (Spain)
Rubén Sanquirce, IDOM (Spain)
Ramón Campo, IDOM (Spain)
Alex Oscoz, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Roberto López, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Rafael Rebolo, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7735:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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