Current Instruments

Information on the instrumentation available for use on each telescope is provided below. The links will lead you to general information about the instrument, including useful material for proposal preparation (e.g., instrument capabilities and sensitivities), and the relevant User's Manual. The Observing webpages give more information about applying for time on these telescopes.

Current AAT Instruments

  • AAOmega fibre-fed optical spectrograph, fed by either:
    • the 2 Degree Field (2dF) robotic fibre positioner covering a 2 degree field at prime focus with 392 fibres; or
    • KOALA is a wide-field, high efficiency, integral-field unit with 1000 hexagonal lenslets in either 15.3 x 28.3 arcsec (0.7"  sampling) or 27.4 x 50.6 arcsec (1.25" sampling) array.
  • HERMES - fibre-fed high-resolution spectrograph, fed by the 2 Degree Field (2dF) robotic fibre positioner covering a 2 degree field at prime focus with 392 fibres. 
  • Veloce - a stabilised, fixed-format, high-resolution (R~80000) echelle spectrograph, covering ~580 - 930nm. 

Current UKST Instruments

The UK Schmidt telescope is not currently offered.