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KiwiStar Optics News, KSO team at SPIE 2022
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KiwiStar Optics Exhibits at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2022

After two years of COVID-19 restrictions, a team from KiwiStar Optics – Dr Andrew Rakich, myself and Dave Cochrane (pictured above) – took to the skies and headed to SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2022 the symposium in Montreal, Canada. This prestigious event, which has the aim of advancing the field of astronomical engineering, attracts …

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EOS acquires precision optics provider KiwiStar Optics

Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited (EOS) has entered into an agreement with Callaghan Innovation to acquire the assets and hire the personnel of KiwiStar Optics (KSO). Announcing the agreement, Craig Smith, Chief Technology Officer of EOS said, “KiwiStar Optics is a unique global capability and a vital supplier to EOS. As Australian’s largest space …

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KiwiStar Optics News, Revealing the wonders of deep space
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Revealing the wonders of deep space

More great work occurring between KiwiStar Optics and the Measurement Standards Laboratory of New Zealand (MSL) – New Zealand’s national metrology institute, all under one roof at Callaghan Innovation.

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KiwiStar Optics News - Over the Moon
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Over the MOON …

As a team we are over the moon about winning the design, manufacture and delivery of two collimator mirrors that form part of the spectrograph sub-systems.

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Kiwi optics for a giant scope
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Kiwi optics for a giant scope

A New Zealand company that specialises in high-tech optics is taking on the world. Earlier this year KiwiStar Optics produced one of the world’s largest astronomical lenses.

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KiwiStar Weaves Large Lenses for the William Herschel Telescope
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KiwiStar Weaves Large Lenses for the William Herschel Telescope

The Kiwi Star Optics Team is proud to be near the end of the successful multi-year project to manufacture optical components for WEAVE.

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KiwiStar Optics, More VISTA: 4MOST WFC and ADC
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More VISTA: 4MOST WFC and ADC

We have proudly commenced the 4MOST Optical Lens Fabrication Wide Field Corrector and Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector project.

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KiwiStar Optics News, Maroon-X for the Gemini Observatory
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Maroon-X for the Gemini Observatory

MAROON-X is a red-optical, high precision radial velocity spectrograph currently nearing completion and undergoing extensive performance testing at the University of Chicago.

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Press Release 27 April 2018: Astronomical astronomy
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Press Release: Astronomical astronomy

One of the world’s largest astronomical lenses has been made in New Zealand. It will help power a telescope in the Canary Islands surveying over 10,000,000 heavenly objects.

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KiwiStar Optics News, Maroon-X for the Gemini Observatory
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Adding a Red Camera

In 2017 KiwiStar Optics successfully delivered and installed the KiwiSpec R4-100 spectrograph. This Spectrograph forms the core of MAROON-X.

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KiwiStar Cameras for VISTA telescope in Chile
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KiwiStar Cameras for VISTA telescope in Chile

KiwiStar Optics wins major contract to build three high resolution spectrograph cameras for the VISTA telescope in Chile.

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KiwiStar Optics - Working again with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics
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Working again with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics

We have recently commenced the procuring, polishing and testing of a reference sphere for the Thirty Meter Telescope project.

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KiwiStar Optics connected to the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile
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KiwiStar Optics connected to the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile

First light of the ESPRESSO spectrograph using the four-Unit-Telescope mode of the VLT has now been reached and made public.

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Kiwi optics for giant Aussie telescope
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Kiwi Optics for Aussie Telescope

New Zealand’s place in the global astronomy family has become further established with a multi-million dollar contract to produce precision optical components for Australia’s largest telescope.

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NZ Scientists help discover solar system in our galaxy
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NZ scientists help discover solar system in our galaxy

New Zealand astronomers have found a new solar system – a scaled-down version of our own – among distant stars in the Milky Way. 

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