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OALM1

There has not been sufficient support to include this project in our contribution scheme yet. These details may be slightly dated but would be accurately revised in the event the funds were available (07/12/05)

Project Title: CCD Camera Upgrade for Observatorio Astronómico Los Molinos (Code OALM1)
Objective: To purchase a larger more sensitive CCD camera, which will increase current field of view in the southern hemisphere to find more asteroids/NEOs/NEAs.

Marconi Imaging Camera Click image for larger view

Project Manager: Gonzalo Tancredi, Observatorio Astronómico Los Molinos ... [Biography]
Amount Required: 25,000 Euros ... [Cost Analysis]
Description: The requested amount will be used to acquire a larger and more sensitive CCD Camera (Finger Lake Instruments IMG camera with a Marconi CCD). The chip is thin and back-illuminated (Marconi 42-40) of 2048 x 2048 pixels of 13.5x13.5 micron. The peak QE is 80%. The field of view would become 75'x75" (1.57 sq. deg.). i.e. 7 times larger than with the ST9 currently in use. In a typical night of 8 hours, we would be able to cover ~150 sq.deg., and in a month close to ~1800 sq. deg. This is more than one third of the available sky.

Furthermore, we would be able to reach fainter magnitudes due a higher QE. A new CCD could then greatly improve our efficiency and our contribution to achieve the NASA's goal. ...[more details]

Centurion OALM Click image for larger view

Date of Submission: 4th September 2002 (04/09/02)

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