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CCD cameras for the Italian national telescope Galileo
Author(s): Fabio Bortoletto; Carlotta Bonoli; Maurizio D'Alessandro; D. Fantinel; Giancarlo Farisato; Giovanni Bonanno; Pietro Bruno; Rosario Cosentino; G. Bregoli; Maurizio Comari
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Paper Abstract

In the last years, the Charge Coupled Device (CCD) detectors have had a great development: 2048 X 2048 pixel formats are routinely produced by silicon foundries with good electro- optical characteristics. Scientific CCDs now, not only offer the ability to be read from more than one output, but they can also be buttable to form mosaics in order to cover a larger field of view, requirement posed by the current telescope technology. The Italian National Telescope GALILEO (TNG) will support a large set of visual and near IR detectors dedicated to scientific measurements at the focal plane. Also tracking systems and Shack-Hartmann wavefront analyzers will be based on CCD technology. Due to the number of camera systems to be routinely operated, the possibility to have uniformed interaction and configuration of systems is emerged as an important requirement for this crucial part of the telescope. In this paper the detector and instrument plan foreseen for the TNG telescope will be presented on the first part, while on the second we will present the CCD controller, now at the end of development. Here presented is a modular system based on digital signal processors and transputer modules. It is interfaced to host computers (PCs, workstations or VME crates) via optical fibers and a specially developed VME-VSB interface board.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 March 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2654, Solid State Sensor Arrays and CCD Cameras, (25 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.236107
Show Author Affiliations
Fabio Bortoletto, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Carlotta Bonoli, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Maurizio D'Alessandro, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
D. Fantinel, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Giancarlo Farisato, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Giovanni Bonanno, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (Italy)
Pietro Bruno, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (Italy)
Rosario Cosentino, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (Italy)
G. Bregoli, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna (Italy)
Maurizio Comari, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2654:
Solid State Sensor Arrays and CCD Cameras
Constantine N. Anagnostopoulos; Morley M. Blouke; Michael P. Lesser, Editor(s)

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