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Rising MOONS: an update on the VLT’s next multi-object spectrograph as it begins to grow

W. Taylor, M. Cirasuolo, J. Afonso, C. M. Carollo, C. J. Evans, H. Flores, R. Maiolino, S. Paltani, L. Vanzi, M. Abreu, J.-P. Amans, D. Atkinson, J. Barrett, S. Beard, C. Bťchet, M. Black, D. Boettger, S. Brierley, D. Buscher, A. Cabral, W. Cochrane, J. Coelho, M. Colling, R. Conzelmann, F. Dalessio, L. Dauvin, G. Davidson, H. Drass, R. DŁnner, A. Fairley, G. Fasola, D. Ferruzzi, M. Fisher, M. Flores, B. Garilli, J. Gaudemard, O. A. Gonzalez, I. Guinouard, P. Gutierrez, P. L. Hammersley, R. Haigron, C. Haniff, M. Hayati, D. Ives, O. Iwert, P. Laporte, D. Lee, G. Li Causi, Y. Luco, A. Macleod, V. Mainieri, C. Maire, B.-T. Melse, J. Nix, E. Oliva, A. Oliveira, L. Origlia, I. Parry, F. Pedicini, R. Piazzesi, P. Rees, F. Reix, M. Rodrigues, F. Rojas, S. Rota, F. Royer, P. Santos, R. Schnell, T.-C. Shen, M. Sordet, J. Strachan, X. Sun, G. Tait, M. Torres, A. Tozzi, S. Tulloch, Ń. V. Navarro, L. Von Dran, C. Waring, S. Watson, B. Woodward, Y. Yang

After completion of its final-design review last year, it is full steam ahead for the construction of the MOONS instrument - the next generation multi-object spectrograph for the VLT. This remarkable instrument will combine for the first time: the 8 m collecting power of the VLT, 1000 optical fibres with individual robotic positioners and both medium- and high-resolution spectral coverage acreoss the wavelength range 0.65μm - 1.8 μm. Such a facility will allow a veritable host of Galactic, Extragalactic and Cosmological questions to be addressed. In this paper we will report on the current status of the instrument, details of the early testing of key components and the major milestones towards its delivery to the telescope.

Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Christopher J. Evans, Luc Simard, Hideki Takami

Series Proceedings of the SPIE
Volume 10702, Number 1070, Page 20
2018 July

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Instituto de Astrof√≠sica e Ci√™ncias do Espa√ßo Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia