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6 July 2018 Chimera: a high-speed three-color photometer for space surveillance and astronomy
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High-speed optical photometry is characterizing man made satellites and space debris in Earth orbit. Commercially available Electron Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) imagers and cameras are driving a renaissance in this field, with several new instruments under development. The Steward Observatory Chimera Photometer provides simultaneous three-color photometry in the Sloan r’, i’, and z’ bands over a wide field of view. The design is optimized for the Steward Observatory Kuiper 1.58 m Telescope, although other telescopes can be supported with the exchange of the wide-field collimator. In this paper, the design and first light performance of the instrument is presented.
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Harrison Krantz, Eric C. Pearce, Louis Avner, Olivier Durney, and Corwynn Sauve "Chimera: a high-speed three-color photometer for space surveillance and astronomy", Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107024R (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312142; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2312142
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