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9 July 2008 First light with NEWFIRM
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NEWFIRM, the widefield infrared camera for the NOAO 4-m telescopes, saw first light in February 2007 and is now in service as a general user instrument. Previous papers have described it conceptually and presented design details. We discuss experience gained from assembly, laboratory testing, and on-sky commissioning. We present final system performance characteristics and summarize science use in its the first semester of general availability. NEWFIRM has met its requirement to provide a high efficiency observing system, optimized end-to-end for survey science.
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Ronald G. Probst, James R. George, Philip N. Daly, Ken Don, and Maureen Ellis "First light with NEWFIRM", Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70142S (9 July 2008);


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