Instruments

Instruments by Telescope

Blanco 4-m Telescope Instruments

Blanco Telescope Scientist: tim.abbott@noirlab.edu 
COSMOS Instrument Scientist: sean.points@noirlab.edu
DECam Instrument Scientist: alistair.walker@noirlab.edu

Instrument FOV or slit
(arcmin)
Resolving Power or Scale
(arcsec/pix)
Detector Wavelegth range
(micron)
Status
DECam
Wide field
optical imager
132x132 0.263 62x
2048x4096
CCDs
0.32-1.10
(grizy filters)
Available
COSMOS
Optical Imager
10 arcmin diameter (imaging) 0.29 e2v (2048x4096) 0.32-0.98 Available
COSMOS
Optical Spectrograph
0.6, 0.9, 1.2, 1.5, 3.0 arcsec (long slit) ~2200 (with 0.9 arcsec slit) e2v (2048x4096)  0.37-0.98 Available
COSMOS
Multi-Object Spectrograph
5x10 arcmin (MOS) ~2200 (with 0.9 arcsec slits) e2v
(2048x4096)
0.37-0.98 Available

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SOAR Instruments

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SMARTS Instruments

Telescope Instrument Slit or FOV (arcmin) Resolving Power or scale
(arcsec/pix)
Wavelength range (micron)
or Filters
Observing Mode
1.5-m
(60-inch)  
CHIRON
Spectrograph
 
 one star <140,000 0.41-0.87 Entirely service/queue mode. 
 
0.9-m
(36-inch)
Tek2K
Optical imager
13.6x13.6 0.401 0.31-1.00 Mixture of classical and service/queue observing, each run is 7 nights duration.

 

CTIO Instruments No Longer Available

 

Instruments by Type

Instruments at CTIO by type for the telescopes Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope, SMARTS 0.9-meter and SMARTS 1.5-meter telescopes.

See Instruments by Telescope.

Optical Imagers 

Telescope Instrument FOV
(armin)
Scale
(asec/pix)
Detector Wavelegth range 
(micron) or filters
Blanco DECam 3sq. degrees 0.263 62x 2048X4096 
LBNL CCDs
0.3-1.1 (ugrizY+VR)
Blanco COSMOS 10 arcmin diameter 0.29 e2v 2048x4096 0.32-0.98
0.9-m Tek2K 13.6x13.6 0.401 SITe 2048x2048 
CCD  
0.31-1.0

 

Optical Spectrographs

Telescope Instrument FOV Resolving Power Detector Wavelength
range (micron)
Blanco COSMOS Long slit - 10 arcmin long slit ~2,200 with 0.9 arcsec slit e2v 2048x4096 0.32-0.98
Blanco COSMOS MOS - 5.0x10.0 arcmin ~2,200 with 0.9 arcsec slit e2v 2048x4096 0.32-0.98
1.5-m CHIRON   one star <140,000 4096x4096 0.41-0.87

 

Infrared Imaging

Infrared Spectroscopy

Retired Instruments

  • ANDICAM - Ohio State Visual/IR Imager (on SMARTS 1.3m Telescope, reference only, retired since 2019)
  • OSIRIS - The Ohio State InfraRed Imager/Spectrometer (reference only, on SOAR 4.1m Telescope)
  • ISPI - Infrared Sideport Imager (reference only, on Blanco 4m Telescope)
  • 4m IRS Infrared  Spectrograph (reference only, retired)
  • 4m/1.5m CIRIM Cerro Tololo IR imager (reference only, retired)

 

Instruments by Telescope

See Instruments by type