The AAO's Technological Achievements

January 14, 2017

The AAO develops innovative technologies and instruments for the telescopes we support, but national and international. View our Technological Achievements document here.

The Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) provides Australian astronomers with access to state-of-the-art optical and infrared telescopes, allowing them to pursue world-class science. This includes developing innovative technologies and instruments for these telescopes.

Forty per cent of astronomy in Australia uses optical/ infrared telescopes, and the AAO is the main provider of these facilities.

The AAO operates the 3.9m Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT), the largest optical/infrared telescope in Australia, and the 1.2m UK Schmidt Telescope. Both are located at Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales.

Through its International Telescope Support Office the AAO also supports the use of larger overseas telescopes by Australian astronomers. 

More information about the AAO's scientific impact and technological capabilities can be found in this document.