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Crescent MOONS: an update on the ongoing construction of the new VLT's multi-object spectrograph

M. Cirasuolo, O. A. Gonzalez, P. Rees, I. R. Bryson, A. Fairley, W. Taylor, J. Afonso, S. Lilly, C. J. Evans, H. Flores, R. Maiolino, E. Oliva, S. Paltani, L. Vanzi, M. Abreu, J.-P. Amans, D. Atkinson, S. Beard, C. Béchet, A. Belfiore, M. Black, D. Boettger, S. Brierley, D. Buscher, A. Cabral, C. M. Carollo, W. D. Cochran, J. Coelho, M. Colling, R. Conzelmann, F. Dalessio, L. Dauvin, G. Davidson, G. Fasola, D. Ferruzzi, M. Fisher, M. Flores, B. Garilli, A. Gargiulo, J. Gaudemard, I. Guinouard, P. Gutierrez, R. Haigron, C. Haniff, D. Ives, O. Iwert, D. King, S. Kovacz, P. Laporte, D. Lee, G. Li Causi, Y. Luco, A. Macleod, C. Maire, B.-T. Melse, A. Oliveira, L. Origlia, I. Parry, F. Pedichini, R. Piazzesi, F. Reix, M. Rodrigues, F. Rojas, F. Royer, P. Santos, R. Schnell, T.-C. Shen, M. Sordet, J. Strachan, X. Sun, G. Tait, A. Tozzi, S. Tulloch, L. Von Dran, C. Waring, S. Watson, B. Woodward, Y. Yang

The Multi Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph (MOONS) instrument is the next generation multi-object spectrograph for the VLT. This powerful instrument will combine for the first time: the large collecting power of the VLT with a high multipexing capability offered by 1000 optical fibres moved with individual robotic positioners and a novel, very fast spectrograph able to provide both low- and high-resolution spectroscopy simultaneously across the wavelength range 0.64μm - 1.8μm. Such a facility will provide the astronomical community with a powerful, world-leading instrument able to serve a wide range of Galactic, Extragalactic and Cosmological studies. Th final assembly, integration and verification phase of the instrument is now about to start performance testing.

Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII
Christopher J. Evans, Julia J. Bryant, Kentaro Motohara

Proceedings of the SPIE
Volume 11447
2020 December

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia