24 September 2012 First Light with RATIR: An Automated 6-band Optical/NIR Imaging Camera
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The Reionization and Transients InfraRed camera (RATIR) is a simultaneous optical/NIR multi-band imaging camera which is 100% time-dedicated to the followup of Gamma-ray Bursts. The camera is mounted on the 1.5-meter Johnson telescope of the Mexican Observatorio Astronomico Nacional on Sierra San Pedro Martir in Baja California. With rapid slew capability and autonomous interrupt capabilities, the system will image GRBs in 6 bands (i, r, Z, Y, J, and H) within minutes of receiving a satellite position, detecting optically faint afterglows in the NIR and quickly alerting the community to potential GRBs at high redshift (z>6-10). We report here on this Spring's first light observing campaign with RATIR. We summarize the instrumental characteristics, capabilities, and observing modes.
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Nat Butler, Nat Butler, Chris Klein, Chris Klein, Ori Fox, Ori Fox, Gennadiy Lotkin, Gennadiy Lotkin, Josh Bloom, Josh Bloom, J. Xavier Prochaska, J. Xavier Prochaska, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, José A. de Diego, José A. de Diego, Leonid Georgiev, Leonid Georgiev, Jesús González, Jesús González, William H. Lee, William H. Lee, Michael G. Richer, Michael G. Richer, Carlos Román, Carlos Román, Alan M. Watson, Alan M. Watson, Neil Gehrels, Neil Gehrels, Alexander Kutyrev, Alexander Kutyrev, Rebecca Bernstein, Rebecca Bernstein, Luis Carlos Alvarez, Luis Carlos Alvarez, Urania Ceseña, Urania Ceseña, David Clark, David Clark, Enrique Colorado, Enrique Colorado, Antolín Córdova, Antolín Córdova, Alejandro Farah, Alejandro Farah, Benjamín García, Benjamín García, Gerardo Guisa, Gerardo Guisa, Joel Herrera, Joel Herrera, Francisco Lazo, Francisco Lazo, Eduardo López, Eduardo López, Esteban Luna, Esteban Luna, Benjamín Martínez, Benjamín Martínez, Francisco Murillo, Francisco Murillo, José Manuel Murillo, José Manuel Murillo, Juan Manuel Núñez, Juan Manuel Núñez, M. Herlinda Pedrayes, M. Herlinda Pedrayes, Fernando Quirós, Fernando Quirós, José Luis Ochoa, José Luis Ochoa, Gerardo Sierra, Gerardo Sierra, Harvey Moseley, Harvey Moseley, David Rapchun, David Rapchun, Frederick D. Robinson, Frederick D. Robinson, Mathew V. Samuel, Mathew V. Samuel, Leroy M. Sparr, Leroy M. Sparr, } "First Light with RATIR: An Automated 6-band Optical/NIR Imaging Camera", Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 844610 (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926471; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.926471


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