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

Astralis-AAO Secures $1.16 Million Funding from NSW Government’s NCRIS Support Program »

Astralis-AAO (AAO-Macquarie), a node of the Astralis Instrumentation Consortium, has been awarded $1.169 million in funding from

New Astralis Seminar Committee Established: Innovate, Inspire, and Exchange »

We are excited to announce the establishment of the new Astralis Seminar Committee, beginning in May 2024.

Astralis Team Shines with 2023 Achievements »

This year has been a significant one for the team at Astralis, marked by a series of

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…