A new acquisition and autoguiding camera for the ANU 2.3 m telescope

Citation
Pj. Mcgregor et al., A new acquisition and autoguiding camera for the ANU 2.3 m telescope, PUBL ASTRON, 17(1), 2000, pp. 102-108
Citations number
2
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Space Sciences
Journal title
PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA
ISSN journal
1323-3580 → ACNP
Volume
17
Issue
1
Year of publication
2000
Pages
102 - 108
Database
ISI
SICI code
1323-3580(200004)17:1<102:ANAAAC>2.0.ZU;2-Z
Abstract
A new, direct CCD acquisition and autoguiding camera is in use on the ANU 2 .3 m telescope Nasmyth foci. The camera is a model AP7 manufactured by Apog ee Instruments Inc. and is controlled by the MaxIm CCD camera control and i mage processing software developed by Diffraction Ltd. The factors influenc ing our choice of this new camera are discussed, and its performance operat ion, and commercial control software are described. The new camera allows s tellar objects as faint as B = 21.5 to be acquired on the Double Beam Spect rograph slit in 1.4 " seeing. The camera has far superior performance to th e Fairchild intensified CCD cameras that it replaces. The improved acquisit ion and guiding permitted by this camera has already allowed several new sc ientific programs to begin on the telescope, including the use of aperture plates with the Double Beam Spectrograph.