MuSCAT3 (Multicolor Simultaneous Camera for studying Atmospheres of Transiting exoplanets) will be a four channel simultaneous imager on LCO's 2-meter telescope (FTN) at Haleakala Observatory. It will replace the Spectral imager. MuSCAT3 will be installed in Q2 2020 and will be released for science use in Q3 2020. MuSCAT3 will be the third instrument in a series of multi-channel imagers designed and constructed by the Astrobiology Center in Tokyo (Japan). The P.I. is Norio Narita.
Observing in four channels at once will dramatically improve the effective throughput of the telescope, benefiting all science observations. For some science programs, e.g., following-up exoplanet transit observations, there are specific benefits to obtaining truly simultaneous observations in multiple passbands.
The baseline properties of MuSCAT3 will be:
The goal is to eventually deploy (pending funding) a MuSCAT4 for the 2-meter telescope (FTS) at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia.
The SPIE paper describing the original MuSCAT at Okayama Observatory.
The SPIE paper describing MuSCAT2 on the TCS at Teide Observatory.
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