Spectral images of over a million stars in the Milky Way are being captured with the help of powerful new spectrographs.
Inside the KiwiSpec Model R4-100 showing the Echelle grating and the collimator mirrors
HERMES Collimator mirror mount 
KiwiStar Optics, Optical Workshop Manager Dave Cochrane inspects the surface of a 686 mm diameter corrector lens during manufacture.
 
KiwiStar Optics Research Technician Graeme Jonas inspects a truncated spherical mirror for the SALT High Resolution Spectrograph.
Doublet bonding
HERMES Camera lenses before assembly
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.

We are a global leader in precision optics for astronomy

We design, manufacture and install everything from one-off components to complete optical systems.

 

Large Precision Lenses
We specialise in customised, tightly-toleranced lens elements from 0.25m to over 1m in diameter, as well as optical assemblies and instruments.

 

Astronomical Spectrographs
Our range includes the KiwiSpec R4-100 Spectrograph – a multi-fibre feed, high-resolution vacuum Echelle spectrograph which can achieve precision radial velocity measurements of less than 1m per second.

 

Optical Components and Instruments
We make high-quality mirrors, prisms, filters, cameras, image slicers and turn-key instrumentation for spectrographs, telescopes and other devices.

 

Custom Solutions
Our solutions include lenses for a United States Navy navigation system and a camera for a proton radiography experiment at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the United States.

 

“Everything is currently within specification, and I have every confidence that the full set of lenses will be on schedule and within specification.”

Professor Gavin Dalton, Astrophysics, University of Oxford – William Herschel Telescope