28 September 2004 WHT autoguider/TV upgrades
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In late 2003 the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING) successfully completed the commissioning of a set of new CCD Autoguider and Television cameras on the 4.2m William Herschel Telescope (WHT). These new multi-purpose heads are built around E2V CCD4720 and CCD5710 frame-transfer detectors fitted with integral Peltier coolers. These new cameras use the same type of CCD controller and Data Acquisition System (DAS) as all of ING’s CCD science cameras and Infrared arrays. These multi-purpose heads have replaced a diverse set of older and difficult-to-maintain Television and Autoguiding systems. The approach of using the same DAS + controller for all cameras at ING greatly aids their maintainability. This paper looks at the reasons for developing the cameras, takes a detailed look at the design and examines existing and possible future applications.
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Andy W. Ridings, Andy W. Ridings, Simon M. Tulloch, Simon M. Tulloch, Richard A. Basson, Richard A. Basson, } "WHT autoguider/TV upgrades", Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550873; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.550873


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