An Andor 1K x 1K EMCCD detector has been used to develop an optical imaging polarimeter for use at the Cassegrain focus of 1.2 m telescope of PRL. The optics is derived from an older single-element detector instrument and consists of a rotating half-wave plate as modulator and a Foster prism as an analyser. The field of view of the instrument is 3x3 sq arcmin. We describe the instrument and the observational methodology in this document. Extensive observations have been carried out with this instrument covering a large variety of sources e.g. near-Earth asteroids, comets, Lynds dark nebulae, open clusters and AGN such as blazars. In the current communication, we discuss some results from the initial calibration runs while the other results will be presented elsewhere.
A soft X-ray focusing Telescope (SXT) was launched in a near Earth, near equatorial orbit aboard the AstroSat on September 28th, 2015. The SXT electronics was switched on within 3 days of the launch and the first light was seen on October 26th, 2015 after a sequence of operations involving venting of the camera, cooling of the CCD, opening of the telescope door followed by the opening of the camera door. Several cosmic X-ray sources have been observed since then during the Performance Verification phase. A few near-simultaneous observations have also been carried out with the Swift observatory. The in-orbit performance of the SXT based on these observations is presented here.