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Update on BOMBOLO: a 3-arm, wide-field, near-UV/optical imager for the 4-meter SOAR telescope
Author(s): Eduardo Garcés; Dani Guzmán; Damien Jones; Rodolfo Angeloni; Thomas Puzia
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Paper Abstract

BOMBOLO is our instrument proposal for covering a series of scientific cases, in the not-so-explored time window of tens of seconds to minutes exposures, to be installed at the SOAR observatory. BOMBOLO is a wide field imager, capable of simultaneous, synchronous and independent observations in three different bands of the near-UV and visible wavelengths. BOMBOLO will be located at one of the Bent Cassegrain focal stations. Given its length, weight and mounting limitations, we discuss the current mechanical and opto-mechanical design of the instrument, given flexures caused by a changing gravity vector. In order to validate our designs, a Monte-Carlo simulation is used to explore different observing conditions, as the starting point for static and dynamic studies of the structure using Finite Element Analysis tools. A quick update on the current state of the instrument related to the optical design and manufacturing as well as the CCD cameras is included.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99084B (4 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232206
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Eduardo Garcés, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Dani Guzmán, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Damien Jones, Prime Optics (Australia)
Rodolfo Angeloni, Gemini Observatory (Chile)
Thomas Puzia, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9908:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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