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WISP: the CFHT wide-field imaging symbiotic program
Author(s): Christian Veillet
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Paper Abstract

WISP, the wide-field imaging symbiotic program, is one way of optimizing the scientific return from the observations made using the CFHT 3.6-m telescope. Many of the wide-field images, presently acquired with the UH8k CCD mosaic camera, exhibit moving solar system objects that are not studied by the observers, as they are not part of their scientific programs. The main goal of WISP is to extract from all these observations the position and an estimate magnitude of the moving objects in near real time, for each observing run where the PI doesn't intend to study solar system objects, gathering information which would have lost without WISP. In order to achieve this goal, real time data processing has been developed, making available the morning following the observations the accurate position of the asteroids detected to those interested in following them. The data pipeline is facing challenges, as the observations are not optimized for this kind of search. But ultimately, the data gathered from these observations will be useful to the study of the asteroid population up to mg 23 to 24, and higher with the next generation mosaics in development for CFHT, in addition to the potential rapid detection of interesting objects such as near Earth asteroids or trans-Neptunian objects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 July 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3349, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return, (3 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316506
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Christian Veillet, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3349:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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