Prototype apparatus

  • 2 CCD cameras, 2000×2000 pixels, custom design,
  • fast, programmable electronics (FPGA, μP, RAM),
  • readout noise ~16e @ 2 Mpixels/s, 12e @ 1 Mpixel/s,
  • custom shutter design ~107 cycles,
  • optics: f = 85 mm, f/d = 1.2 lenses, FOV ~ 21°x21°,
  • motorized mount, goes to any point in < 1 min
  • localization: ASAS site, Las Campanas Observatory
  • in regular operation from July 2004 to December 2009.

 


The apparatus at the test site in Brwinow (near Warsaw)

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Pi of the Sky cameras together with ASAS cameras in a common dome at the Las Campanas Observatory

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Inside the control room:

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ASAS’ 25 cm telescope could have been used to follow up Pi of the Sky triggers:

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