New array control electronics installed in NICS

The new array control electronics of NICS have been succesfully installed during February 2006. The new system, called FASTI-NICS, is much more reliable and time-efficient than the previous one. It also solved the problems related to image persistency in dithered observations. Please refer to the NICS web page for information on the new features.

FASTI-NICS is the very succesfull result of several years of work by the IR group of Arcetri, and in particular by C. Baffa, V. Biliotti, A. Checcucci, G. Comoretto, G. Falcini, V. Gavryusev, S. Gennari, E. Giani, G. Marcucci, I. Mochi and M. Sozzi.

Fig. 1 Picture of the FASTI-NICS new control electronics mounted on the Nasmyth-A derotator of TNG together with the NICS instrument cryostat.