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Characterization of a commercial, front-illuminated interline transfer CCD camera for use as a guide camera on a balloon-borne telescope.

Clark, P. and Massey, R. and Chang, H.L. and Galloway, M. and Israel, H. and Jones, L.L. and Li, L. and Mandic, M. and Morris, T. and Netterfield, C.B. and Peacock, J. and Sharples, R. and Susca, S. (2014) 'Characterization of a commercial, front-illuminated interline transfer CCD camera for use as a guide camera on a balloon-borne telescope.', Journal of astronomical instrumentation., 3 (2). p. 1440003.

Abstract

We report results obtained during the characterization of a commercial front-illuminated progressive scan interline transfer CCD camera. We demonstrate that the unmodified camera operates successfully in temperature and pressure conditions (-40°C, 4 mBar) representative of a high altitude balloon mission. We further demonstrate that the centroid of a well-sampled star can be determined to better than 2% of a pixel, even though the CCD is equipped with a microlens array. This device has been selected for use in a closed-loop star-guiding and tip-tilt correction system in the BIT-STABLE balloon mission.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Instrumentation, CCD characterization, Sub-orbital balloon flight, Pointing stability.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S2251171714400030
Publisher statement:Electronic version of an article published as Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation, 3, 2, 2014, 1440003, 10.1142/S2251171714400030 © World Scientific Publishing Company http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscinet/jai
Record Created:10 Dec 2014 14:05
Last Modified:17 Dec 2014 15:14

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