The OCA CCD Camera Controller
OBSERVATORIE DE LA COTE D'AZUR CAUSSOLS(FRANCE)
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This document describes a new CCD camera controller adapted to Schmidt telescopes. If several large CCD detectors can be adapted in the focal plane of a large Schmidt telescope, deeper digital images can be obtained, the operating cost of a CCD camera is several orders of magnitudes smaller than that of glass photographic plates. This also opens new ways of using Schmidt telescopes i.e., real time detection of celestial sources. This report contains the following sections Requirements analysis Description of the Loral CCD442A CCD Description of the camera controller Physical implementation of a mono CCD camera Physical implementation of a multi CCD camera Appendix 1 Controller schematics Appendix 2 Data sheets of the major components Appendix 3 Information about the microcontroller and its software.
- Optical Detection and Detectors