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