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Press Release 27 April 2018: Astronomical astronomy

One of the world’s largest astronomical lenses has been made in New Zealand. It will help power a telescope in the Canary Islands surveying over 10,000,000 heavenly objects, including stars in the Milky Way, and extragalactic sources out to the extremes of the observable universe.

Revealing the wonders of deep space

More great work occurring between KiwiStar Optics and the Measurement Standards Laboratory of New Zealand (MSL) – New Zealand’s national metrology institute, all under one roof at Callaghan Innovation.

KiwiStar Optics connected to the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile

First light of the ESPRESSO spectrograph using the four-Unit-Telescope mode of the VLT has now been reached and made public. ESPRESSO (Echelle Spectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations) will be used to search for Earth-size rocky exoplanets (planets which orbit a star outside the solar system). KiwiStar made many key optical components for the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias namely: one truncated field correcting lens, two truncated spheroidal transfers mirrors, and one truncated spheroidal fold mirror. test test test test test test test test

Adding a Red Camera

In 2017 KiwiStar Optics successfully delivered and installed the KiwiSpec R4-100 spectrograph. This Spectrograph forms the core of MAROON-X, a high-precision radial velocity instrument for the 8m Gemini Telescope on Mauna Kea (Hawai’i) currently under development at the University of Chicago. We are now adding to this instrument by designing and manufacturing a red camera. This camera will further enhance the capability of the instrument, extending the spectral range. A returning customer is further verification that we deliver quality and provide reliability.

More VISTA: 4MOST WFC and ADC

We have proudly commenced the 4MOST Optical Lens Fabrication Wide Field Corrector and Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector project.

Adding a Chicago Red Camera

In 2017 KiwiStar Optics successfully delivered and installed the KiwiSpec R4-100 spectrograph. This Spectrograph forms the core of MAROON-X, a high-precision radial velocity instrument for the 8m Gemini Telescope on Mauna Kea (Hawai’i) currently under development at the University of Chicago.

We are now adding to this instrument by designing and manufacturing a red camera. This camera will further enhance the capability of the instrument, extending the spectral range. A returning customer is further verification that we deliver quality and provide reliability.

Over the MOON…

As a team we are over the moon about winning the design, manufacture and delivery of two collimator mirrors that form part of the spectrograph sub-systems for the Multi-Objects Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph (MOONS) for the Very Large Telescope (VLT). We are honoured to be part of this third-generation instrument selected by the European Southern Observatory.

Working again with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics

We have recently commenced the procuring, polishing and testing of a reference sphere for the Thirty Meter Telescope project. IIA will use the reference sphere for in-situ measurement of the surface shape of the primary mirror segments during their Segment Mirror fabrication and polishing process. With our extensive experience working on large optics we expect to deliver this project in 2018.

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. 
 

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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