WIZARD - A new observation system of the zodiacal light

Munetaka Ueno, Masateru Ishiguro, Fumihiko Usui, Ryosuke Nakamura, Takafumi Ootsubo, Naoya Miura, Yuki Sarugaku, Suk Minn Kwon, Seungsoo Hong, Tadashi Mukai

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We developed a new observation system "WIZARD"; Wide-field Imager of Zodiacal light with Array Detector. Since the zodiacal light is faint and very extended all over the sky, WIZARD employs a sensitive CCD with a wide field optics with sufficient spatial resolution to remove the contribution of integrated flux of individual stars. WIZARD is designed to measure the absolute brightness of the diffuse sky at visible wavelength and to have good stability of the instrumental zero-level and low noise feature. The first light of WIZARD was performed in 2001 at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the first scientific image of the gegenschein was taken in 2002 under collaboration with SUBARU observatory. We have been promoting extended observations of the zodiacal light along the ecliptic plane. The design and the performance of WIZARD system, and also the preliminary results of the zodiacal light observations are introduced in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationESA - Workshop on Dust in Planetary Systems
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventWorkshop on Dust in Planetary Systems - Kauai, HI, United States
Duration: 2005 Sept 262005 Sept 30

Publication series

NameESA - Workshop on Dust in Planetary Systems


OtherWorkshop on Dust in Planetary Systems
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKauai, HI

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  • Engineering(all)


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