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Proposed instrumentation for PILOT
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Paper Abstract

PILOT (the Pathfinder for an International Large Optical Telescope) is a proposed Australian/European optical/infrared telescope for Dome C on the Antarctic Plateau, with target first light in 2012. The proposed telescope is 2.4m diameter, with overall focal ratio f/10, and a 1 degree field-of-view. In median seeing conditions, it delivers 0.3" FWHM wide-field image quality, from 0.7-2.5 microns. In the best quartile of conditions, it delivers diffraction-limited imaging down to 1 micron, or even less with lucky imaging. The areas where PILOT offers the greatest advantages are (a) very high resolution optical imaging, (b) high resolution wide-field optical imaging, and (c) all wide-field thermal infrared imaging. The proposed first generation instrumentation consists of (a) a fast, low-noise camera for diffraction-limited optical lucky imaging; (b) a gigapixel optical camera for seeing-limited imaging over a 1 degree field; (c) a 4K x 4K near-infrared (1-5 micron) camera with both wide-field and diffraction-limited modes; and (d) a double-beamed midinfrared (7-40 micron) camera.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70144N (11 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788858
Show Author Affiliations
Will Saunders, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Peter Gillingham, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Andrew McGrath, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Roger Haynes, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
John Storey, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Jon Lawrence, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Michael Burton, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Charles Jenkins, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Alcione Mora, Univ. Autonoma de Madrid (Spain)

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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