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The University of Wisconsin - Madison, together with Rutgers University and the South African Astronomical Observatory, is designing and building an imaging spectrograph for the Prime Focus… (More)
The Prime Focus Imaging Spectrograph (PFIS) will be the workhorse first-light instrument on the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). Scheduled for commissioning in late 2004, PFIS is a versatile… (More)
We report on the completion of a new 2 channel, HIgh speed Photo-POlarimeter (HIPPO) for the 1.9m optical telescope of the South African Astronomical Observatory. The instrument makes use of rapidly… (More)
A deeply eclipsing cataclysmic variable, with an orbital period of 4.75 hr, has been discovered in the southern Edinburgh-Cape Blue Object Survey. The star, EC 19314 - 5915, lies close to the… (More)
Lessons learnt during the design, integration and commissioning of the Southern African Large Telescope’s Fiber Instrument Feed and its guidance probe are presented along with initial on-sky… (More)
We describe designs for spectrometers employing convex dispersers. The Offner spectrometer was the first such instrument; it has almost exclusively been employed on satellite platforms, and has had… (More)