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KiwiStar Cameras for VISTA telescope in Chile

KiwiStar Cameras for VISTA telescope in Chile

KiwiStar Optics wins major contract to build three high resolution spectrograph cameras for the VISTA telescope in Chile.
 
Professor John Hearnshaw, Astronomer, University of Canterbury, congratulates KiwiStar Optics on its continuing success. He noted that "KiwiStar is achieving world-wide recognition for innovation and excellence in astronomical optics, winning contracts at many of the world's leading observatories. To do so for the 4MOST instrument at Europe's VISTA telescope in Chile is especially noteworthy, as European optics firms always have priority. VISTA will be conducting a huge spectroscopic survey of many millions of objects in the southern sky starting in 2021; it is amazing to know that New Zealand will play a crucial role in the future success of the VISTA 4MOST survey, thanks to KiwiStar."  

KiwiStar Weaves Large Lenses for the William Herschel Telescope

KiwiStar Weaves Large Lenses for the William Herschel Telescope

KiwiStar Optics soon to deliver the 6-element Prime Focus Corrector optical components for the new WEAVE multi-object William Herschel Telescope survey spectrograph, located at La Palma, Canary Islands.
 
The Kiwi Star Optics Team is proud to be near the end of the successful multi-year project to manufacture optical components for WEAVE. 
 
Professor Gavin Dalton, Astrophysics, Oxford University endorsed KiwiStar Optics’ expertise, noting that “Kiwistar Optics were successful in winning the bid to manufacture the 6 lenses for this corrector, including, at 1.1m, what is possibly the largest lens in astronomy, together with 4 wedged elements for atmospheric dispersion correction and two aspheres. While this work is in progress, I am happy to disclose that everything is currently within specification, and I have every confidence that the full set of lenses will be on schedule and within specification”.

Kiwi Optics for Aussie Telescope

New Zealand’s place in the global astronomy family has become further established with a multi-million dollar contract to produce precision optical components for Australia’s largest telescope, the 3.9m Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) at the Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales.
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NZ astronomers help discover new solar system

New Zealand astronomers have found a new solar system - a scaled-down version of our own - among distant stars in the Milky Way.
A total of 69 scientists in 11 countries provided data and contributed to the discovery, including Paul Tristram at Canterbury's Mt John Observatory...
NZ astronomers help discover new solar system Source: NZ Herald