Current Status

We have completed a successful engineering run of the modified instrument. For 2011A, we are soliciting a few collaborative projects to continue testing the system and expand the user base. Please write to gulbis(at)mit.edu if you are interested.

Old News

MORIS consists of an Andor Ixon camera, control computer, GPS (for accurately-triggered frames), and a set of fore-optics (including a suite of filters).

For more details, click on Concept above, and/or the MIT POETS website.

Funding

This project is funded by the NASA Planetary Major Equipment program and the IRTF.

Above images: (left) External view of the IRTF; (right) the primary mirror.

Introduction

We have constructed an instrument named MORIS (MIT Optical Rapid Imaging System) for use on NASA's 3-m IRTF (InfraRed Telescope Facility) on Mauna Kea, HI. This is a high-speed, visible-wavelength camera mounted on the side window of the near-IR imager and spectrograph SpeX. The design is based on POETS (Portable Occultation, Eclipse, and Transit Systems), which were developed by a collaboration between MIT and Williams College.

Click on the links above or to the left for details.

 

Latest News

The instrument is mounted back on SpeX and initial tests show excellent image quality! In 2010, the optical path was redesigned in order to eliminate scattered light. The entire system, with the new optics and newly-machined foreoptics box(es), was assembled and mounted in time for an August engineering run. A battery of test images (as well as some science data) demonstrate that there is significant improvement in overall image quality and that the scattered light issue has been resolved.

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