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

ESO Signs Agreement for Australian–European MAVIS Instrument »

Tuesday 1 June 2021, ESO signed an agreement with an international consortium to build and operate MAVIS,
22.6.2021

AESOP- the fibre positioner unit for ESO 4MOST- fully assembled »

AESOP is the fibre positioner unit for the 4MOST instrument currently under construction for the 4-metre diameter
23.5.2021

Hector – the multi-object integral field spectrograph for the AAT – nearing completion »

The Hector instrument is in its final assembly stage and will be ready to ship to the
22.4.2021

Our Capabilities

Recent Projects

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…

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…