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

Ending 2021 on a high note »

As 2021 comes to an end, Astralis staff look forward to a much-deserved break. Despite many challenges
16.12.2021

Hector First Light »

The Hector Instrument and Science teams have been up at the Anglo Australian Telescope (AAT) over the
13.12.2021

Talking Code at ADASSXXXI »

Several Astralis staff presented at this year’s Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) conference (24-28 October
9.11.2021

Our Capabilities

Recent Projects

GMT MANIFEST

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…

ESO MAVIS

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…