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Advances in Astronomy
Volume 2010, Article ID 728470, 7 pages
Research Article

Autonomous Observations in Antarctica with AMICA

1INAF—Osservatorio Astronomico di Teramo, 64100 Teramo, Italy
2INAF—Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, 35122 Padova, Italy
3INAF—Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino, 10025 Pino Torinese (TO), Italy

Received 24 June 2009; Revised 30 December 2009; Accepted 11 February 2010

Academic Editor: Alberto J. Castro-Tirado

Copyright © 2010 Gianluca Di Rico et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The Antarctic Multiband Infrared Camera (AMICA) is a double channel camera operating in the 2–28  𝜇 m infrared domain (KLMNQ bands) that will allow to characterize and exploit the exceptional advantages for Astronomy, expected from Dome C in Antarctica. The development of the camera control system is at its final stage. After the investigation of appropriate solutions against the critical environment, a reliable instrumentation has been developed. It is currently being integrated and tested to ensure the correct execution of automatic operations. Once it will be mounted on the International Robotic Antarctic Infrared Telescope (IRAIT), AMICA and its equipment will contribute to the accomplishment of a fully autonomous observatory.