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
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