6 July 2018 First light with HiPERCAM on the GTC
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HiPERCAM is a quintuple-beam imager that saw first light on the 4.2 m William Herschel Telescope (WHT) in October 2017 and on the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) in February 2018. The instrument uses re- imaging optics and 4 dichroic beamsplitters to record ugriz (300–1000 nm) images simultaneously on its five CCD cameras. The detectors in HiPERCAM are frame-transfer devices cooled thermo-electrically to 90°C, thereby allowing both long-exposure, deep imaging of faint targets, as well as high-speed (over 1000 windowed frames per second) imaging of rapidly varying targets. In this paper, we report on the as-built design of HiPERCAM, its first-light performance on the GTC, and some of the planned future enhancements.
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Vik Dhillon, Vik Dhillon, Simon Dixon, Simon Dixon, Trevor Gamble, Trevor Gamble, Paul Kerry, Paul Kerry, Stuart Littlefair, Stuart Littlefair, Steven Parsons, Steven Parsons, Thomas Marsh, Thomas Marsh, Naidu Bezawada, Naidu Bezawada, Martin Black, Martin Black, Xiaofeng Gao, Xiaofeng Gao, David Henry, David Henry, David Lunney, David Lunney, Christopher Miller, Christopher Miller, Marc Dubbeldam, Marc Dubbeldam, Timothy Morris, Timothy Morris, James Osborn, James Osborn, Richard Wilson, Richard Wilson, Jorge Casares, Jorge Casares, Teo Muñoz-Darias, Teo Muñoz-Darias, Enric Pallé, Enric Pallé, Pablo Rodriguez-Gil, Pablo Rodriguez-Gil, Tariq Shahbaz, Tariq Shahbaz, Antonio de Ugarte Postigo, Antonio de Ugarte Postigo, "First light with HiPERCAM on the GTC", Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107020L (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312041; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2312041

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