Inside the KiwiSpec Model R4-100 showing the Echelle grating and the collimator mirrors
Spectral images of over a million stars in the Milky Way are being captured with the help of powerful new spectrographs.
HERMES Camera lenses before assembly
KiwiStar Optics, Optical Workshop Manager´╗┐ Dave Cochrane inspects the surface of a 686 mm diameter corrector lens during manufacture.
 
With the use of time-lapse photography, stars appear to circle the Earth’s axis of rotation projected on the sky. Image courtesy of the Australian Astronomical Observatory.
Doublet bonding
HERMES Collimator mirror mount 
KiwiStar Optics Research Technician Graeme Jonas inspects a truncated spherical mirror for the SALT High Resolution Spectrograph.

Welcome to KiwiStar Optics

KiwiStar Optics provides a unique total system integration package with the ability to design and manufacture optics and their mechanical housings, and the assembly and precision alignment of optical systems.

With a 40-year record of success in opto-mechanical design and construction, KiwiStar Optics has built up a world-class reputation in its specialised fields.

Our optical equipment is installed in telescopes in Australia, Hawaii, Mainland USA, South Africa, India and at the University of Canterbury’s Mt John Observatory in New Zealand. Work is in progress for an installation on Mt. Hopkins in Arizona.

Other KiwiStar Optics lenses can be found in a sophisticated navigation system at the Diego Garcia US naval base in the Indian Ocean and in a special camera for a proton radiography experiment at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the USA.

Recent R&D has led to the development of a new high-resolution spectrograph known as the KiwiSpec. This modular, configurable and cost-effective instrument provides high performance with a small spatial footprint.

Eleanor Howick positions a 570 mm diameter corrector lens on a Leitz coordinate measuring machine.Measurement scientist Eleanor Howick positions a 570 mm diameter corrector lens on a Leitz coordinate measuring machine.