Project Description
• SPIREX: 60 cm telescope
– Pathfinder for IR astronomy on the Antarctic Plateau
• Abu: NOAO thermal IR (2-5 micron)
camera
– 1024x1024 InSb array
– Broadband K, L’, M; narrowband H2(Q), PAH
– Combines high sensitivity with large field of view
– No comparable near-IR facility at any other site
• Astropipeline: RIT’s data processing
facility for IR astronomy
– Reliable, efficient, uniform reduction of
SPIREX/Abu data
– RIT provides data archive & data distribution to
Guest Investigators
– Data archive provides tool for thermal IR site
assessment