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OPTICAM: A triple-camera optical system designed to explore the fastest timescales in Astronomy

OPTICAM: A triple-camera optical system designed to explore the fastest timescales in Astronomy
OPTICAM: A triple-camera optical system designed to explore the fastest timescales in Astronomy
We report the development of a high-time resolution, 3-colour, simultaneous optical imaging system for the 2.1 m telescope in San Pedro M\'artir Observatory, M\'exico. OPTICAM will be equipped with three Andor Zyla 4.2-Plus sCMOS cameras and a set of SDSS filters allowing optical coverage in the 320-1,100 nm range. OPTICAM will nominally allow sub-second exposures. Given its instrumental design, a wide range of fast-variability astrophysical sources can be targeted with OPTICAM including X-ray binaries, pulsating white dwarfs, accreting compact objects, eclipsing binaries and exoplanets. OPTICAM observations will be proprietary for only six months and will then be made publicly available for the astronomical community.
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Castro, A., Altamirano, D., Michel, R., Gandhi, P., Santisteban, J. V. Hernández, Echevarría, J., Tejada, C., Knigge, C., Sierra, G., Colorado, E., Hernández-Landa, J., Whiter, D., Middleton, M., García, B., Guisa, G. and Castro-Segura, N. (2019) OPTICAM: A triple-camera optical system designed to explore the fastest timescales in Astronomy. Revista Mexicana de Astronomía y Astrofísica, 55, 1-14. (doi:10.22201/ia.01851101p.2019.55.02.20).

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We report the development of a high-time resolution, 3-colour, simultaneous optical imaging system for the 2.1 m telescope in San Pedro M\'artir Observatory, M\'exico. OPTICAM will be equipped with three Andor Zyla 4.2-Plus sCMOS cameras and a set of SDSS filters allowing optical coverage in the 320-1,100 nm range. OPTICAM will nominally allow sub-second exposures. Given its instrumental design, a wide range of fast-variability astrophysical sources can be targeted with OPTICAM including X-ray binaries, pulsating white dwarfs, accreting compact objects, eclipsing binaries and exoplanets. OPTICAM observations will be proprietary for only six months and will then be made publicly available for the astronomical community.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 August 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 27 August 2019
Keywords: astro-ph.IM

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/433912
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ORCID for D. Altamirano: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3422-0074
ORCID for P. Gandhi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3105-2615
ORCID for D. Whiter: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7130-232X

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Last modified: 07 Sep 2019 00:34

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Author: A. Castro
Author: D. Altamirano ORCID iD
Author: R. Michel
Author: P. Gandhi ORCID iD
Author: J. V. Hernández Santisteban
Author: J. Echevarría
Author: C. Tejada
Author: C. Knigge
Author: G. Sierra
Author: E. Colorado
Author: J. Hernández-Landa
Author: D. Whiter ORCID iD
Author: M. Middleton
Author: B. García
Author: G. Guisa

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