ASTROCAM: An Offner Re-imaging 1024 x 1024 InSb Camera for Near-Infrared Astrometry on the USNO 1.55-m Telescope
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC REMOTE SENSING DIV
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In order to extend the US Naval Observatory USNO small-angle astrometric capabilities to near infrared wavelengths we have designed and manufactured a 1024 x 1024 InSb re-imaging infrared camera equipped with an array selected from the InSb ALADDIN Advanced Large Area Detector Development in InSb development program and broadband and narrowband 0.8 - 3.8 um filters. Since the USNO 1.55-m telescope is optimized for observations at visible wavelengths with an oversized secondary mirror and sky baffles, the straylight rejection capabilities of the ASTROCAM Lyot stop and baffles are of critical importance for its sensitivity and flat-fielding capabilities.
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