O. A. Gonzalez, C. Breen, J. Sepulveda, T.-C. Shen, P. Rees, A. Cabral, M. Black, I. R. Bryson, M. Cirasuolo, S. Beard, S. Chittick, M. Parra, A. Tejeda, L. Vanzi, S. Watson, M. Zoccali
MOONS is the Multi-Object Optical and Near-IR Spectrograph to be mounted at a Nasmyth focus at the Very Large Telescope. The instrument is equipped with 1000 fibres configured over a field of view of ~500 square arcmin using theta-phi fibre positioning units (FPUs). The MOONS metrology system must accurately determine the position of the fibres in the focal plate, providing fast feedback to the instrument control software during operations. The returned fibre positions can be used for calibrations of the FPUs or fast system recovery after a power loss. If required, the system can also be used for calculating fine adjustments of the fibre positions during acquisition. In this paper, a description of the system design, implementation, and testing in the MOONS focal plate are provided. The presented system has high potential for adaptation to a variety of astronomical instrument applications during integration, testing, and operation stages.
Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation V
Ramón Navarro, Roland Geyl
Proceedings of the SPIE