The Fly's Eye Camera System

László Mészáros, András Pál, Gergely Csépány, Attila Jaskó, Krisztián Vida, Katalin Oláh, György Mezo

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Abstract

We introduce the Fly's Eye Camera System, an all-sky monitoring device intended to perform time domain astronomy. This camera system design will provide complementary data sets for other synoptic sky surveys such as LSST or Pan-STARRS. The effective field of view is obtained by 19 cameras arranged in a spherical mosaic form. These individual cameras of the device stand on a hexapod mount that is fully capable of achieving sidereal tracking for the subsequent exposures. This platform has many advantages. First of all it requires only one type of moving component and does not include unique parts. Hence this design not only eliminates problems implied by unique elements, but the redundancy of the hexapod allows smooth operations even if one or two of the legs are stuck. In addition, it can calibrate itself by observed stars independently from both the geographical location (including northen and southern hemisphere) and the polar alignment of the full mount. All mechanical elements and electronics are designed within the confines of our institute Konkoly Observatory. Currently, our instrument is in testing phase with an operating hexapod and reduced number of cameras.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-97
Number of pages4
JournalRevista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica: Serie de Conferencias
Volume45
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014
Event3rd Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observatories - Torremolinos, Malaga, Spain
Duration: Oct 7 2013Oct 11 2013

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Keywords

  • Instrumentation: miscellaneous
  • Surveys
  • Techniques: photometric
  • Telescopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Mészáros, L., Pál, A., Csépány, G., Jaskó, A., Vida, K., Oláh, K., & Mezo, G. (2014). The Fly's Eye Camera System. Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica: Serie de Conferencias, 45, 94-97.