The NICMASS system met an untimely demise in the Mt. Stromlo wildfire in 2003. Built as a utility infrared imager, it contained a NICMOS3 256x256 HgCdTe array behind a 12 position filter wheel with no other internal optics and minimal baffling. It saw use as an imager at the MDM 2.4 and 1.3-meter telescopes and at the 0.4-meter Whately Observatory telescope in western Massachusetts. It's most productive role was as a focal plane for the KPNO Coude Feed telescope where it provided R=7200 spectroscopy across the 1.61-1.65um wavelength range. It's life ended in a similar Coude Feed application at Mt. Stromlo after 10 productive years.

The NICMASS system NICMASS drive electronics. Designed and fabricated by undergraduate Ron Coutu The focal plane configuration. A compact filter wheel design permitting the insertion of 12 filters into a 4.5-inch diameter. NICMASS after the Mt. Stromlo fire.
Click here to see the original NICMASS web pages, and here to see the original web pages for the Five College Whately Observatory.