Read more about NOIRLab's instruments and other capabilities in the Capabilities brochure.

NEWFIRM, a wide-field near IR Imager, was a facility instrument on the Mayall Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) from 2006-2010 and 2012-2016, and on the Blanco Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) from 2010-2011. With the encouragement of our users and the AAAC subcommittee on the futures of the Gemini, Blanco, and SOAR telescopes, we applied to NSF for supplementary funding to move NEWFIRM back to CTIO and refurbish it (see Currents Oct 2020) that would benefit Multi-Messenger Astronomy (MMA). NEWFIRM also enables a broad range of other science, including exploiting and supporting the science of the Rubin Observatory’s LSST. This proposal was successful and NSF awarded us the supplementary funds to return NEWFIRM to CTIO.

NEWFIRM Instrument

NEWFIRM Instrument Characteristics (Quick Guide for Proposal Preparation)

NEWFIRM Observing Manual

NEWFIRM Data Products and Data Reduction


NEWFIRM Technical Publications

NEWFIRM Publications

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