First look at HRCAM images from dome a, antarctica

Geoff Sims*, Michael C B Ashley, Xiangqun Cui, Long Long Feng, Xuefei Gong, Zhongwen Hu, Jon S. Lawrence, Daniel M. Luong-Van, Zhaohui Shang, John W V Storey, Nick Tothill, Lifan Wang, Huigen Yang, Ji Yang, Xu Zhou, Zhenxi Zhu

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HRCAM (High Resolution CAMera) is a Canon 50D 15-megapixel digital SLR camera equipped with a Sigma 4.5 mm f/2.8 fish-eye lens. It was installed at Dome A on the Antarctic plateau in January 2010 and photographs the sky every 15 minutes. Primarily functioning as a site-testing instrument, data obtained from HRCAM provide valuable statistics on cloud cover, sky transparency and the distribution and frequency of auroral activity. We present a first look at data from HRCAM during 2010, including an overview of how we intend to reduce the images. We also demonstrate the potential of stellar photometry by using linear combinations of the in-built Canon RGB filters to convert instrumental magnitudes into the photometric BVR bands.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAstrophysics from Antarctica
EditorsM. G. Burton, X. Cui, N. F. H. Tothill
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781107033771
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
ISSN (Print)17439213
ISSN (Electronic)17439221


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