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The main objective of the MOOSE imagers is to provide a community reource to all members of the scientific community that have interests in imaging low-light-level phenomena, such as aurora, airglow, and meteors.


  1. Acquire 5 EMCCD Andor Ixon DU-888 imagers with telecentric optics that allows the use of narrowband interference filters.

  2. Develop Linux based control software that enables easy remote operation and automation.

  3. Calibrate and test all 5 imaging systems such that their operation can be synchronized in time and physical units can derived for the intensities at specific wavelengths.

  4. Initially deploy all 5 to Poker Flat, AK in order to make focused and specific auroral observations. This initial use of MOOSE, for auroral research, is primarily to coincide with the rapidly approaching solar maximum and the operation of the Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar.

  5. Request community input regarding operational modes, such as filter combinations, field of view combinations, frame rates, and potentially moving some imagers to other locations, either for tomography or for larger spatial coverage.

  6. Provide the data and analysis tools to any researcher or student interested in analyzing the data.


These 5 EMCCD imagers are operational and available for use by the scientific community. Specific information and details about the imagers and capabilities can be found to the left. Additionally, information can be found about data that has already been taken and is available for use as well as campaigns that have already been supported by the MOOSE imagers during the testing phase.

The MOOSE set of imagers were funded through a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant (ATM-0923412) to Southwest Research Institute (PI: M. Samara) lasting from 2009 to 2012.