Technology at the AAO

Astronomical instruments are used to collect data in the form of images and spectra from astronomical sources such as stars, galaxies, and nebulae. Astronomical instruments typically comprise bulk-optics (lenses, mirrors, diffraction gratings, filters), photonic elements (optical-fibres and waveguides), mechatronics (fibre positioning robots and alignment mechanisms), and detectors (CCDs and infrared arrays).

Dichroic wavelength filter being installed in the HERMES spectrograph at the AAT

The technology division within the AAO consists of the Instrumentation Group and the Instrument Science Group. These groups design and build instruments for national and international astronomical telescopes, and develop new technologies for use in future instruments.

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