National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Suprime-Cam upgraded with ultra-sensitive CCDs

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Suprime-Cam is the 80 million pixel digital camera positioned at Subaru's prime focus collecting high quality pictures over a 30 arc minute area of sky. For over ten years, Suprime-Cam has been an effective research tool providing images with high levels of detail and contrast, and has been used in the study of galaxies and to peer towards the distant edges of our Universe. In order for Subaru to remain a front-runner in astronomical study, Suprime-Cam was recently upgraded and enhanced. In a collaboration between NAOJ and Hamamatsu Photonics, new highly sensitive CCDs were developed and installed in Suprime-Cam. This instrument upgrade doubled sensitivity thereby significantly improving imagery and also greatly reducing observing time. The CCD transformation is the first step in the design of the next generation camera at Subaru, Hyper Suprime-Cam.


More info: Subaru telescope web page