The Gattini cameras for optical sky brightness measurements at Dome C, Antarctica

A. Moore*, E. Aristidi, M. Ashley, R. Briguglio, M. Busso, M. Candidi, J. Everett, S. Kenyon, J. Lawrence, B. Le Roux, D. Luong-Van, A. Phillips, R. Ragazzoni, P. Salinari, J. Storey, M. Taylor, G. Tosti, T. Travouillon

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The Gattini cameras are two site testing instruments for the measurement of optical sky brightness, large area cloud cover and auroral detection of the night sky above the high altitude Dome C site in Antarctica. The cameras have been operating since installation in January 2006 and are currently at the end of the first Antarctic winter season. The cameras are transit in nature and are virtually identical, both adopting Apogee Alta CCD detectors. By taking frequent images of the night sky we obtain long term cloud cover statistics, measure the sky background intensity as a function of solar and lunar altitude and phase and directly measure the spatial extent of bright aurora if present and when they occur. The full data set will return in December 2006 however a limited amount of data has been transferred via the Iridium network enabling preliminary data reduction and system evaluation. An update of the project is presented together with preliminary results from data taken since commencement of the winter season.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIst ARENA conference on "Large Astronomical Infrastructures at CONCORDIA, prospects and constraints for Antarctic Optical/IR Astronomy"
EditorsN Epchtein, M Candidi
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherEDP Sciences
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)2759800172, 9782759800179
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameEAS Publications Series
ISSN (Print)16334760
ISSN (Electronic)16381963


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