CfA: OIR Tools/Resources

CfA optical Telescopes and Instruments

The OIR division operates and maintains a number of ground based telescopes for general CfA use. Data obtained on many of these telescopes are reduced for astronomers by the staff of the Telescope Data Center. In particular, data for MMT/Hectospec, MMT/Hectochelle, Magellan/Megacam, Magellan/MMIRS, 1.5m/FAST and 1.5m/TRES are reduced for observers. Contact tdchelp at for details.

Using the telescopes - The Telescope Allocation Commitee (TAC)
  • Hectochelle A fiber fed multiobject echelle spectrograph at the MMT
  • Hectospec A moderate dispersion 300 fiber optical spectrograph at the MMT
  • SWIRC A near-IR (YJH band) imager at the MMT
  • MMTCam A small field optical imager at the MMT
  • Megacam A 36 CCD mosaic camera for the MMT and Magellan (currently at Magellan)
  • MMIRS A multi-slit IR spectrograph for the MMT and Magellan (currently at Magellan)
  • Binospec A multislit optical spectrograph under construction for the MMT
  • Other MMT instruments (MMT Spectrograph and U of Arizona PI instruments)
  • Magellan I = Baade
  • IMACS, the Inamori-Magellan Areal Camera & Spectrograph.
  • FIRE , the Folded Port InfraRed Echellete spectrograph.
  • FOURSTAR, an infrared camera.
  • Magellan II = Clay
  • Megacam
  • MMIRS, an IR imager and multiobject spectrograph.
  • LDSS3, a multi-object optical spectrograph.
  • MIKE, an optical echelle spectrograph.
  • MagE, an optical echellete spectrograph.
  • MagAO , the Magellan Adaptive Optics System.
  • M2FS , a fiber fed multiobject optical spectrograph. See here for reduction methods.
  • FLWO Telescopes
  • FAST spectrograph
  • TRES a new fiber optic-fed echelle
  • 1.2m
  • KeplerCam CCD camera
  • PAIRITEL 1.3m
  • 2MASS JHKs IR Camera
  • Telescope Data Center (TDC)
    The SAO Telescope Data Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, supports the above optical telescopes operated by SAO and Harvard with the following services:
  • How to submit proposals for MMT, Magellan and FLWO telescopes. (Also, see the TAC link above.)
  • Optical Telescope Schedules. Current and past schedules for the FLWO 1.2-meter, FLWO 1.5-meter, MMT and Magellan telescopes are online.
  • Observing and Local Documentation. All documents relating to observing preparation, reduction and archiving and more.
  • Catalog Resources. Access to vast catalogs of sources.
  • Data Reduction and Analysis Software. Software to process and analyze optical telescope data.
  • Optical Telescope Data Archive of spectral data from the FAST spectrograph, Z-Machine spectrograph, and the MMT Blue Channel Reticon Spectrograph.
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