7 July 2008 CAMERA: a compact, automated, laser adaptive optics system for small aperture telescopes
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CAMERA is an autonomous laser guide star adaptive optics system designed for small aperture telescopes. This system is intended to be mounted permanently on such a telescope to provide large amounts of flexibly scheduled observing time, delivering high angular resolution imagery in the visible and near infrared. The design employs a Shack Hartmann wavefront sensor, a 12x12 actuator MEMS device for high order wavefront compensation, and a solid state 355nm ND:YAG laser to generate a guide star. Commercial CCD and InGaAs detectors provide coverage in the visible and near infrared. CAMERA operates by selecting targets from a queue populated by users and executing these observations autonomously. This robotic system is targeted towards applications that are diffcult to address using classical observing strategies: surveys of very large target lists, recurrently scheduled observations, and rapid response followup of transient objects. This system has been designed and costed, and a lab testbed has been developed to evaluate key components and validate autonomous operations.
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Matthew Britton, Matthew Britton, Viswa Velur, Viswa Velur, Nick Law, Nick Law, Philip Choi, Philip Choi, Bryan E. Penprase, Bryan E. Penprase, "CAMERA: a compact, automated, laser adaptive optics system for small aperture telescopes", Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 701516 (7 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789973; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.789973


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