11 July 2008 The Large Binocular Camera: description and performances of the first binocular imager
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Since the very beginning of 2008, the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) is officially equipped with it's first binocular instrument ready for science observations: the Large Binocular Camera (LBC). This is a double CCD imager, installed at the prime focus stations of the two 8.4m telescopes of LBT, able to obtain deep and wide field images in the whole optical spectrum from UV to NIR wavelengths. We present here the overall architecture of the instrument, a brief hardware review of the two imagers and notes how observations are carried on. At the end we report preliminary results on the performances of the instrument along with some images obtained during the first months of observations in binocular mode.
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R. Speziali, R. Speziali, A. Di Paola, A. Di Paola, E. Giallongo, E. Giallongo, F. Pedichini, F. Pedichini, R. Ragazzoni, R. Ragazzoni, V. Testa, V. Testa, A. Baruffolo, A. Baruffolo, C. De Santis, C. De Santis, E. Diolaiti, E. Diolaiti, J. Farinato, J. Farinato, A. Fontana, A. Fontana, S. Gallozzi, S. Gallozzi, F. Gasparo, F. Gasparo, G. Gentile, G. Gentile, A. Grazian, A. Grazian, P. Manzato, P. Manzato, F. Pasian, F. Pasian, R. Smareglia, R. Smareglia, E. Vernet, E. Vernet, "The Large Binocular Camera: description and performances of the first binocular imager", Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70144T (11 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790132; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.790132


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