The UCL Charge-Coupled Device Camera at the South African Astronomical Observatory

D. Walker, P. Sandford, A. Lyons, J. Fordham, D. Bone, A. Walker, A. Boksenber

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The charge-coupled device (CCD) camera developed at University College London (UCL) is a direct, cryogenic camera designed to support the RCA and British GEC devices and any others likely to become available. It is functionally self-contained, and having a very simple parallel interface, it may be implanted within any host computer system with no modification and little difficulty. This chapter describes the system as implemented for common use on the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Elizabeth 1-m telescope. Results of both the laboratory tests and the data obtained during the commissioning runs are also presented in the chapter. The UCL–SAAO CCD camera system has proved to be reliable and easy to operate, and it is capable of delivering outstanding photometric results. The high-quantum efficiency of the RCA CCD enables programs to be carried out on the 1.0-m telescopes that previously would have required a much larger aperture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalAdvances in Electronics and Electron Physics
Issue numberPart A
Publication statusPublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


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