BASIS: Bayfordbury single-object integral field spectrograph

S. Richards, Bill Martin, D. Campbell, H.R.A. Jones, J. Bland-Hawthorn, J. Lawrence, E. Brinks, J.J. Bryant, L. Fogarty, M. Gallaway, M. Goodwin, S. Leon-Saval, M. Sarzi, Daniel Smith

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We present an inexpensive (<US$500) and easily replicable integral field unit for use on small aperture telescopes. Based on a commercial small spectrograph (SBIG Self-Guiding Spectrograph) and a 37 optical fibre bundle integral field unit with each fibre having 50μm cores and a pitch of 125μm. It has an overall field-of-view of 40 arc seconds (2.6arcsec/core), a resolution of 9Å from 3995Å to 7170Å and an average system efficiency of 9%, yielding a signal-tonoise ratio of 10 for a 20min exposure of a 13mag/arcsec2 source. Still in commissioning, we present first light observations of Vega and M57. © (2012) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). [Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only]
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
EditorsIan S. Mclean, Suzanne K. Ramsay, Hideki Takami
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012

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NameSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series


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