Australia’s National Capability for Optical Astronomy Instrumentation

As Australia’s leading astronomical instrumentation organisation, we create advanced technologies to explore and understand our universe.

About us

Astralis Instrumentation Consortium (Astralis) is a combined team of astronomy experts across three major Australian universities: Macquarie University, the Australian National University and the University of Sydney.

Together, we create world-leading astronomical instrumentation to help survey and better understand our night skies.

Latest news

Talking Code at ADASSXXXI »

Several Astralis staff presented at this year’s Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) conference (24-28 October

Summary of the recent Astralis Science R&D Workshop »

The Consortium is actively working on its Research and Development (R&D) roadmap.  On 25 June 2021, Astralis

Astralis staff and board members as Editors on recent Astrophotonics Virtual Feature Issue »

Astralis-AAO AProf Simon Ellis, Astralis-AITC Prof Michael Ireland and Astralis-USyd board representative Prof Joss Bland-Hawthorn were amongst

Our Capabilities

Recent Projects


MAVIS is a multi-conjugate adaptive optics visible imager and spectrograph for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT).  MAVIS stands for MCAO Assisted Visible Imager and Spectrograph. MAVIS will be the first…


MANIFEST is a facility multi-object fibre system for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). MANIFEST will consist of hundreds of Starbug robots that patrol the GMT field of view and feed currently planned optical spectrographs…