Products & Services

KiwiStar Optics is a specialist optics design and manufacturing company that produces custom solutions for the following markets:

  • Astronomy
  • Instrumentation
  • Defence and surveillance.

Custom solutions

KiwiStar Optics are experts in designing optics and performing systems integration for extremely complex optical systems up to 1.8 metres in diameter. With our extensive experience in developing, manufacturing, and installing systems for a wide range of environments and applications we can develop a solution to meet your needs.

Echelle spectrographs

KiwiStar Optics has recently developed its latest range of fibre-fed, high resolution echelle spectrographs for small- to medium-sized telescopes (1m to 4m).

With wavelength coverage of 350nm to 1000nm, resolving powers from 30k to 100k and a compact design, KiwiSpec, Model R4-100, is designed with precision radial velocity measurements in mind.


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Some examples of projects that KiwiStar Optics has been involved in include:

  1. Manufacture of the optical components for the 6-element Prime Focus Corrector for the WEAVE Spectrograph, to be installed on the WHT at La Palma, Canary Islands. The first lens element is 1100mm in diameter. The remaining lenses range from 660 to 580mm in diameter and include 4 wedged lenses comprising the ADC module. (on going project)      
  2. Optics fabrication and contribution to the design and construction of a KiwiSpec-based High Resolution Spectrograph for the MINERVA project, led by the Harvard-Smithsonian CfA. The instrument is installed at the Whipple Observatory on Mt Hopkins, Arizona.
  3. Manufacture of a set of three mirrors and a field lens for the Instituto de Astrofisca de Canarias. There components are a part of the collimator optics for the ESO's ESPRESSO spectrograph, to be installed on the VLT at Cerro Paranal.
  4. Manufacture of the optical elements, design and manufacture of the housing, and assembly and alignment of a 580mm aperture, 3-element Prime Focus Corrector for the FMOS instrument installed on the Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii
  5. Manufacture of the 540mm aperture, 4-element Prime Focus Corrector for the 1.8 metre MOA telescope, recently commissioned at the Mt John University Observatory. KiwiStar Optics were also responsible for the optical design of this telescope
  6. The optical fabrication, mechanical design and manufacture, and assembly and test of the collimator optics and four large aperture cameras for the Australian Astronomical Observatory's HERMES Spectrograph. 
  7. Fabrication, assembly and testing of the optical components for a high resolution Echelle Spectrograph (HESP) for the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. The spectrograph is installed on the Himalayan Chandra Telescope (HCT) at Hanle
  8. Manufacture of optical and mechanical components and precision assembly of a 3-element corrector for the SkyMapper telescope at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia.
  9. Fabrication of the collimator mirrors for the SALT telescope High Resolution Spectrograph.
  10. Manufacture of a 3-elemnet set of corrector optics for the 1.27m (50 inch) telescope at the University of Tasmania's Greenhill Observatory. 

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