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bostwickenator:
Thought everyone here might like something to gawk at https://news.asu.edu/20220110-discoveries-asu-instrument-captures-breathtaking-first-light-images

@Fraser you might have trouble getting one of these for your collection but I'd not rule it out given your eBay skills.

Bill W:
 :clap:   :clap:

5.7 Mpixel 6384 x 896 pixels.

Just about as many pixels as I have... across loads of cameras !

Deep link to full image
https://news.asu.edu/sites/default/files/styles/panopoly_image_original/public/tt7_band1.png

Bill

Vipitis:
I didn't find any great information on the surface. But they said it's 3 bands and it scans, so it might not be as exciting of a camera to use given by the images they show.

I just hope to see it operational in a decade, with data available for everyone to process. If it has any great resolution (like better than 500m), we could really get a feel for those places of the solar system.

bostwickenator:
Agreed from the artifacting it looks like a push broom sensor which they have added some kind of scanning mirror to for this terrestrial test. Obviously global shutter isn't terribly important for worlds we think aren't going to be moving much and it doesn't take away from how nice an image this is. Personally I think it is very cool to see this very normal image from the same machine which will photograph another world. It makes the connection between the two feel a more real.

edit: deeplink to the 3 image stack https://europa.nasa.gov/system/downloadable_items/278_E-THEMIS_Diurnal_Color.jpg

edit: attached image of the "focal plane block" love the bodge wires.

DaJMasta:
An impressive device.  In similar astrophysical sort of device, the James Webb Space Telescope that recently launched has both NIR and Mid IR band imagers and spectrometers, and there's some good info about them around online.  The NIRCam actually goes down to the bottom of our MWIR at 5um, but the MIRI mid infrared instrument goes down to 28um, well below the typical in-atmosphere bolometer.  I believe both use multiple 2048x2048 4MP detectors (If I remember right, there are two per device and each instrument is redundant), and on the mid infrared detector side, they operate extremely, extremely cold.  In the ambient shaded temperature of space, their 'first stage' cooler chills liquid helium to 14K or so, then sends it to the cold side with the detector and through expansion of the liquid helium chills the sensor head to a nominal 6.2K for the lowest possible thermal noise.

There is some fancy tech flying out there!
https://www.stsci.edu/jwst/instrumentation/instruments
https://webb.nasa.gov/content/about/innovations/cryocooler.html

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