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AstraLux: the Calar Alto lucky imaging camera
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Paper Abstract

AstraLux is the Lucky Imaging camera for the Calar Alto 2.2-m telescope, based on an electron-multiplying high speed CCD. By selecting only the best 1-10% of several thousand short exposure frames, AstraLux provides nearly diffraction limited imaging capabilities in the SDSS i' and z' filters over a field of view of 24×24 arcseconds. By choosing commercially available components wherever possible, the instrument could be built in short time and at comparably low cost. We present the instrument design, the data reduction pipeline, and summarise the performance and characteristics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 701448 (11 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787384
Show Author Affiliations
Felix Hormuth, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Stefan Hippler, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Wolfgang Brandner, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Karl Wagner, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Thomas Henning, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7014:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
Ian S. McLean; Mark M. Casali, Editor(s)

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