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Paper Abstract

It is generally believed that very fast cameras imaging large Fields of View translate into huge optomechanics and mosaics of very large contiguous CCDs. It has already been suggested that seeing limited imaging cameras for telescopes whose diameters are larger than 20m are considered virtually impossible for a reasonable cost. It has also been suggested that using existing technology and at a moderate price, one can build a Smart Fast Camera, a device that placed on aberrated Field of View, including those of slow focal ratios, is able to provide imaging at an equivalent focal ratio as low as F/1, with a size that is identical to the large focal ratio focal plane size. The design allows for easy correction of aberrations over the Field of View. It has low weight and size with respect to any focal reducer or prime focus station of the same performance. It can be applied to existing 8m-class telescopes to provide a wide field fast focal plane or to achieve seeing-limited imaging on Extremely Large Telescopes. As it offers inherently fast read-out in a massive parallel mode, the SFC can be used as a pupil or focal plane camera for pupil-plane or Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensing for 30-100m class telescopes. Basing upon Smart Fast Camera concept, we present a study turned to explain the pliability of this instrument for different existing telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6269, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy, 62695V (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.673377
Show Author Affiliations
Giorgia Gentile, INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Emiliano Diolaiti, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna (Italy)
Roberto Ragazzoni, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Carmelo Arcidiacono, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Andrea Baruffolo, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Jacopo Farinato, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Italo Foppiani, INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Matteo Lombini, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna (Italy)
Emanuele Giallongo, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Monte Porzio (Italy)
Andrea Di Paola, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Monte Porzio (Italy)
Fernando Pedichini, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Monte Porzio (Italy)
Roberto Speziali, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Monte Porzio (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6269:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy
Ian S. McLean; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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