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CAMERA: a compact, automated, laser adaptive optics system for small aperture telescopes

Britton, Matthew and Velur, Viswa and Law, Nick and Choi, Philip and Penprase, Bryan E. (2008) CAMERA: a compact, automated, laser adaptive optics system for small aperture telescopes. In: Adaptive Optics Systems. Proceedings of SPIE. No.7015. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 701516. ISBN 9780819472250.

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CAMERA is an autonomous laser guide star adaptive optics system designed for small aperture telescopes. This system is intended to be mounted permanently on such a telescope to provide large amounts of flexibly scheduled observing time, delivering high angular resolution imagery in the visible and near infrared. The design employs a Shack Hartmann wavefront sensor, a 12x12 actuator MEMS device for high order wavefront compensation, and a solid state 355nm ND:YAG laser to generate a guide star. Commercial CCD and InGaAs detectors provide coverage in the visible and near infrared. CAMERA operates by selecting targets from a queue populated by users and executing these observations autonomously. This robotic system is targeted towards applications that are diffcult to address using classical observing strategies: surveys of very large target lists, recurrently scheduled observations, and rapid response followup of transient objects. This system has been designed and costed, and a lab testbed has been developed to evaluate key components and validate autonomous operations.

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Additional Information:© 2008 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Many colleagues have contributed their support and advice to the CAMERA project. The authors gratefully acknowledge discussions with Andrew Pickles, Roger Smith, Richard Dekany, Laird Thompson, Mitch Troy, Chris Shelton, Michael Ireland, Shri Kulkarni, Judy Cohen, and Lynne Hillenbrand. The authors also thank the UCSC Lab for Adaptive Optics for characterizing the MEMS device used in the CAMERA testbed.
Subject Keywords:adaptive optics, robotic telescopes
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Official Citation:Matthew Britton, Viswa Velur, Nick Law, Philip Choi, Bryan E. Penprase, "CAMERA: a compact, automated, laser adaptive optics system for small aperture telescopes", Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 701516 (7 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789973;
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