Graduate students Srikrishna Kanneganti and Chan Park have designed
and built a state-of-the-art near-infrared camera for the
Mountain 31-inch telescope, a project funded by a grant from the NSF. The
camera saw first light in the lab mid-December of 2004 (first row of pictures
below) and first light on the telescope later that month (third row of
pictures below). It is now fully operational and regular observations began
in January 2005.
Built around a Hawaii-I 1024-square HgCdTe array,
it includes a suite of astronomical filters and grisms to enable a broad range
of research. Camera development was conducted in tandem with the
renovation of the telescope control system on the Tinsley
Laboratories built classical Cassegrain telescope, commissioned in the
The instrument "specs" page is here.
To read more about Fan Cam, see the attached detailed poster made by Chan and Sri.
Click here to see images taken with FanCam.
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