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IfA Hilo Images


UH President Kenneth Mortimer unties the Maile Lei at the dedication of the IfA Hilo facility, assisted by Dr Billy Bergin (member, Board of Regents), Rachel Fordyce (Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH-Hilo), Rolf Kudritzki (Director, Institute for Astronomy), Klaus Hodapp (Associate Director for Hilo, Institute for Astronomy), Harry Kim (Mayor of Hawaii County) and Joseph Blanco (Executive Assistant to Governor Cayetano)


The entrance lobby of the Hilo IfA building, which also contains offices of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii in Hilo, the Office of Mauna Kea Management, and EPSCOR and NOMISS coordination offices.


The IfA Hilo auditorium is used for science talks and interactive video meetings between islands and summit facilities, and for video links to the mainland.


The instrument shop contains state of the art milling equipment for fabricating modern astronomical instrumentation. Richard Shelton from the Hilo shop, and Randy Chung from Manoa.


The JWST array lab is used by Don Hall's group to characterize new developments in Rockwell infrared arrays, and tests them for application in the James Webb Space Telescope to be launched this decade.


The UH lab maintains and develops new instrumentation for the UH telescopes on Mauna Kea, including an upgraded 8192x8192 CCD camera providing a 32x32 arcmin optical field of view with a new focal reducer, and a new large format infrared camera ULBcam with a 17x17 arcmin field of view.


The NASA IRTF lab maintains and develops new instrumentation for the Infrared Telescope facility, including a new 36-element Adaptive Optics capability.


The Optics lab is used for optical alignment and setup of new instruments like the IRTF adaptive optics, which measures the distorted wavefront several thousand times a second, and uses deformable mirrors mounted on piezo material, and high frequency control signals applied through the control wiring to remove atmospheric distortions and sharpen the image.


The remote rooms allow remote operations of the UH88 and IRTF from Hilo, with computer and video links to the summit control systems.


The DFM 0.5-m telescope awaiting assembly, and the Mauna Kea Observatory Outreach Committee.

The DFM 0.5-m telescope in the machine shop in December 2001, with Richard Shelton inspecting the assembly in progress.


The reason why we go from Hilo to Mauna Kea to observe.


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