Wide-field dynamic astronomy in the near-infrared with Palomar Gattini-IR and DREAMS

Jamie Soon*, David Adams, Kishalay De, Antony Galla, Matthew Hankins, Mansi M. Kasliwal, Anna M. Moore, Scott M. Adams, Jarek Antoszewski, Michael Ashley, Aliya Nur Babul, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Jeff Cooke, Orsola De Marco, Alexandre Delacroix, Hadrien Devillepoix, Simon C. Ellis, Ken C. Freeman, David Hale, Alexander Heger & 10 others Jacob E. Jencson, Ryan M. Lau, Daniel Mckenna, Eran Ofek, Stuart Ryder, Robert Simcoe, Jennifer L. Sokoloski, Roberto Soria, Roger M. Smith, Tony D. Travouillon

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There have been a dramatic increase in the number of optical and radio transient surveys due to astronomical transients such as gravitational waves and gamma ray bursts, however, there have been a limited number of wide-field infrared surveys due to narrow field-of-view and high cost of infrared cameras, we present two new wide-field near-infrared fully automated surveyors; Palomar Gattini-IR and the Dynamic REd All-sky Monitoring Survey (DREAMS). Palomar Gattini-IR, a 25 square degree J-band imager that begun science operations at Palomar Observatory, USA in October 2018; we report on survey strategy as well as telescope and observatory operations and will also providing initial science results. DREAMS is a 3.75 square degree wide-field imager that is planned for Siding Spring Observatory, Australia; we report on the current optical and mechanical design and plans to achieve on-sky results in 2020. DREAMS is on-track to be one of the first astronomical telescopes to use an Indium Galium Arsenide (InGaAs) detector and we report initial on-sky testing results for the selected detector package. DREAMS is also well placed to take advantage and provide near-infrared follow-up of the LSST.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019
EditorsSimon Ellis, Céline d'Orgeville
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781510631472
ISBN (Print)9781510631465
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2020
EventAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 9 Dec 201912 Dec 2019

Publication series

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


ConferenceAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019

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  • All-sky survey
  • Gattini-IR
  • Near-infrared
  • Palomar observatory
  • Siding Spring Observa-tory
  • Transients
  • Wide-field

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    Soon, J., Adams, D., De, K., Galla, A., Hankins, M., Kasliwal, M. M., ... Travouillon, T. D. (2020). Wide-field dynamic astronomy in the near-infrared with Palomar Gattini-IR and DREAMS. In S. Ellis, & C. d'Orgeville (Eds.), Advances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019 [1120307] (Proceedings of SPIE; Vol. 11203). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2539594