USNO IR Camera at Flagstaff, Arizona

US Naval Observatory Infrared Camera


A general purpose near infrared (JKH) camera was designed and commissioned for the 61-inch telescope of the US Naval Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona. Based on the Rockwell International NICMOS3 HgCdTe array with 256 x 256 pixels. This camera provides a complete "turn-key" system with menu-driven software for image capture and display. The instrument contains a 6-position filter wheel and is cooled with liquid nitrogen.

First Light was obtained in June 1994.

Reference: C. B. Luginbuhl, et al. 1995, in Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy, ed. A. Fowler (Bellingham:SPIE), 88, Vol 2475.