Author Archives: Nick Konidaris

Chimera 2 first light

Chimera 2, a new high-speed and wide-field imager for Palomar achieved first light! Gregg Hallinan is the PI, I’m proud to have performed the lens-design for this instrument, all optics are off-the-shelf, so the real challenge was the imaginative way … Continue reading

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TMT Science Forum

I’m attending the TMT Science forum in Tucson next week! This will be a great opportunity to talk about my work on TMT! Follow us on #tmtsf14.

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SPIE Astronomical Instrumentation 2014

I’m attending the SPIE astronomical instrumentation meeting in Montreal (from June 22 – 28). This is a great time to get together with colleagues from TMT, and discuss SED Machine.

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Canon f/2.0 200-mm ZEMAX model

Based on Japanese Patent J2001, 253050, A, I constructed an approximate optical model for the Canon EF f/2.0L 200-mm lens. I can’t know for sure if this model matches the constructed hardware, but the model is a good starting point. … Continue reading

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MOSFIRE Data Reduction Pipeline

A new MOSFIRE data reduction pipeline has been released. See the release notes.

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SED Machine Spectrum of Saturn!

Saturn, in all of its glory. Continue reading

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SED Machine and 2013cu

SED Machine shout out in Gal-Yam+ (2014). Continue reading

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The transient universe as seen by iPTF and ZTF

I’m attending The transient universe as seen by iPTF and ZTF meeting in Stockholm Sweden. Discussion will range from circumstellar interaction, cosmology, and asteroid science to details about the iPTF, and ZTF surveys. I’m keen to learn about all anticipated … Continue reading

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Atels #6113 and #6114

First SED Machine classifications: Atels 6113 and 6114! Continue reading

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SED Machine Assembled Camera

The SED Machine camera (120-mm f/5.5) operates over a pretty broad wavelength range (360 nm — 1000 nm) and delivers absolutely beautiful images. It’s a Petzval-like lens with an external (real) pupil about one camera focal length in front. The … Continue reading

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