First light images from QUick Infrared Survey Telescope (QUIST)
First light images from the new QUick Infrared Survey Telescope
(QUIST) may be viewed here. QUIST is a 25-cm f/10 infrared optimized
telescope which mounts on top of QUIRC (QUick InfraRed Camera). QUIRC
has a 1024x1024 HgCdTe infrared array sensitive from 0.7 to 2.5
microns. QUIST with QUIRC are mounted in binocular fashion with the
University of Hawaii's 61-cm telescope located on Mauna Kea. QUIST
has a field of view of 0.43x0.43 degrees and pixels are 1.5 arcseconds
Compact versions of some of the larger images have been constructed
for viewing by persons with low-bandwidth connections.
All images were obtained on December 10, 1995 by Mark Metzger and Doug
Narrow band (2.12 micron) very short exposure showing the moon - total
exposure time was 0.25 seconds. This image shows the large
field-of-view of QUIST. North is at the left and east is at the bottom.
The Orion Nebula taken through a K' filter (wavelength 2.15 microns);
exposure time was 240 seconds. At this wavelength, the Trapezium open
cluster is clearly seen; at optical wavelengths it is heavily obscured
by dust within the nebula. This image is a 0.33 degree subarray of
the full field, with false color to enhance the contrast. Black,
purple, and blue are low levels; orange, red, and white are high.
North is at the top and east is at the left.
A pseudo-color image of the Orion nebula's central region, with blue
representing the 2 micron continuum and red representing emission at
2.12 microns by molecular hydrogen.
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