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, Chris Klein, Ori Fox, Gennadiy Lotkin, Josh Bloom, J. Xavier Prochaska, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, José A. de Diego, Leonid Georgiev, Jesús González, William H. Lee, Michael G. Richer, Carlos Román, Alan M. Watson, Neil Gehrels, Alexander Kutyrev, Rebecca Bernstein, Luis Carlos Alvarez, Urania Ceseña, David Clark, Enrique Colorado, Antolín Córdova, Alejandro Farah, Benjamín García, Gerardo Guisa, Joel Herrera, Francisco Lazo, Eduardo López, Esteban Luna, Benjamín Martínez, Francisco Murillo, José Manuel Murillo, Juan Manuel Núñez, M. Herlinda Pedrayes, Fernando Quirós, José Luis Ochoa, Gerardo Sierra, Harvey Moseley, David Rapchun, Frederick D. Robinson, Mathew V. Samuel, 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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