MSE acquisition and guider system focal plane hardware conceptual design

Peter R. Gillingham, Derrick Salmon, Nicolas Flagey, Kei Szeto, Richard Murowinski, Will Saunders

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We discuss the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) Acquisition and Guide (A and G) System conceptual focal plane hardware and operational requirements and pay detailed attention to the A and G system's three CMOS cameras' areas and sensitivities needed to assure a high success rate in acquiring suitable guide stars. Ways to provide auxiliary functions, including the measurement of defocus and misalignment of the telescope optics, are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VIII
EditorsHeather K. Marshall, Jason Spyromilio, Tomonori Usuda
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781510636781
ISBN (Print)9781510636774
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2020
EventGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VIII 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 14 Dec 202022 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VIII 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • A&G
  • Acquisition and guiding
  • MSE
  • Multi object spectrograph
  • Star counts


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