CAPABILITY & EXPERIENCE
Since its establishment in 1990, Prime Optics has provided the
Optical Design for many major new astronomical instrument developments, including:
- 2dF: the wide field corrector for the AAT and its spectrographs. This instrument
has finished a galactic red-shift survey of the southern skies and now feeds a medium-resolution
In the next couple of years it will be reconfigured to feed a high-resolution spectrograph
the design for which was conducted by this bureau.
IR instrumentation for the MSSSO. This instrument delivered most of the early [earthbound] IR pictures
of the collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy with the planet Jupiter.
- AUSTRALIS: Preliminary research for the IR spectrographs for the European Southern Observatory's 8 m
- IRIS2: spectrograph/imager for the AAT.
- PNS: the
Planetary Nebula Spectrograph for the WHT and TNG telescopes.