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MOONS – multi object spectroscopy for the VLT: overview and instrument integration update

O. A. Gonzalez, M. Cirasuolo, W. Taylor, M. Black, P. Rees, I. R. Bryson, S. Chittick, J. Afonso, S. Lilly, H. Flores, R. Maiolino, E. Oliva, S. Paltani, L. Vanzi, M. Abreu, J.-P. Amans, D. Atkinson, S. Beard, A. Belfiore, C. Breen, A. Bayo, A. Born, A. Cabral, L. Chapman, W. Cochrane, J. Coelho, M. Colling, R. Conzelmann, F. Dalessio, G. Davidson, F. Delplancke-Ströbele, M. Fisher, V. Forchi, P. Franzetti, B. Garilli, A. Gargiulo, I. Guinouard, P. Gutierrez, R. Haigron, P. L. Hammersley, V. D. Ivanov, D. Ives, O. Iwert, D. King, S. Kovacz, P. Laporte, D. Lee, G. Li Causi, A. Macleod, D. Alvarez Mendez, A. Oliveira, R. Palsa, M. Parra, F. Pedichini, V. Peña, M. G. Petr-Gotzens, M. Rodrigues, F. Royer, P. Santos, J. Sepulveda, R. Sharman, T.-C. Shen, M. Sordet, J. Strachan, G. Tait, A. Tejeda, A. Tozzi, N. O'Malley, C. Waring, S. Watson, B. Willemse, X Gao, Y. Yang, M. Zoccali

The Multi Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph (MOONS) instrument is the next generation multi-object spectrograph for the Very Large Telescope (VLT). The instrument combines the high multiplexing capability offered by 1000 optical fibres deployed by individual robotic positioners with a novel spectrograph able to provide both low- and high-resolution spectroscopy simultaneously across the wavelength range 0.64μm - 1.8μm. Powered by the collecting area of the 8-m VLT, MOONS will provide the astronomical community with a world-leading facility able to serve a wide range of Galactic, Extragalactic and Cosmological studies. This paper provides an updated overview of the instrument and its construction progress, reporting on the ongoing integration phase.

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

Proceedings of the SPIE
Volume 12184
2022 August

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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