Projects

 

Custom Optics – Capturing Starlight

KiwiStar Optics has crafted some of Earth's biggest telescope lenses. We draw on our 40-year heritage to deliver the best, on time and on budget. We design, manufacture and install lenses, optical assemblies and instruments. Our specialty is customised lenses from 0.25m to over 1m in diameter in a wide range of optical glass types. We can work with the largest possible blank sizes.

 

William Herschel Telescope, Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, Canary Islands, Spain.
Manufacture of the optical components for the six-element prime focus corrector – a 1.1 m diameter lens and five other lenses ranging from 0.58 m to 0.66 m in diameter, with four wedged lenses for atmospheric dispersion correction and two aspheres.

 

Subaru Telescope, Mauna Kea Observatories, Hawaii, United States.
Manufacture of the optical elements, design and manufacture of the housing, assembly and alignment of a 0.58 m aperture, three-element prime focus corrector for the FMOS spectrograph.

 

Very Large Telescope, Paranal Observatory, Cerro Paranal, Chile.
Manufacture of a set of three mirrors and a field lens – part of the collimator optics for the ESPRESSO spectrograph.

 

VISTA Telescope, Paranal Observatory, Cerro Paranal, Chile.
Manufacture, assembly and testing of three cameras – blue, green and red – and their field lenses for the 4MOST multi-object, fibre-fed, high-resolution spectrograph.

 

SkyMapper Telescope, Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, Australia.
Manufacture of optical and mechanical components and precision assembly of a three-element corrector.

 

MOA Telescope, Mount John Observatory, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Telescope optical design. Manufacture of the optical elements, design and manufacture of the housing, assembly and alignment of a 0.54m aperture, four-element prime focus corrector.

 

Harlingten Telescope, Greenhill Observatory, Tasmania, Australia.
Manufacture of a three-element set of corrector optics.

 

 

Spectrographs – Splitting Starlight

The KiwiSpec R4-100 Spectrograph can achieve precision radial velocity measurements of less than 1 m per second. We developed this multi-fibre feed, high-resolution vacuum Echelle spectrograph for small and medium-sized telescopes in the 1-4m range. It is a high-performance instrument in a compact, cost-effective package – designed to be configured to your needs. Wavelength coverage ranges 350-1,000nm and resolving power from 30-100k.

 

MINERVA-North telescope array, Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, Arizona, United States.
Design, fabrication and construction of a KiwiSpec R4-100 Spectrograph for the MINERVA group led by the Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

 

MINERVA-Australis telescope array, Mount Kent Observatory, Queensland, Australia.
Design, fabrication and construction of a KiwiSpec R4-100 Spectrograph for the MINERVA group in partnership with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

 

Gemini North Telescope, Mauna Kea Observatories, Hawaii, United States.
Design, assembly, testing, delivery and installation of a KiwiSpec R4-100 Spectrograph, with the University of Chicago, to form the core of the MAROON-X – a high precision radial velocity spectrograph.

 

Himalayan Chandra Telescope, Indian Astronomical Observatory, Hanle, India.
Design, fabrication, assembly, installation and testing of the mechanical structure and the optical components of the HESP high-resolution Echelle spectrograph for the Indian Institute of Astrophysics.

 

Anglo-Australian Telescope, Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, Australia.
Optical fabrication, mechanical design and manufacture, assembly and testing of the collimator optics and four large aperture cameras for the HERMES spectrograph.

 

Southern African Large Telescope, South African Astronomical Observatory, The Karoo, South Africa.
Fabrication of the collimator mirrors for the SALT high resolution spectrograph.