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13 July 2018 Rising MOONS: an update on the VLT’s next multi-object spectrograph as it begins to grow
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After completion of its final-design review last year, it is full steam ahead for the construction of the MOONS instrument - the next generation multi-object spectrograph for the VLT. This remarkable instrument will combine for the first time: the 8 m collecting power of the VLT, 1000 optical fibres with individual robotic positioners and both medium- and high-resolution spectral coverage acreoss the wavelength range 0.65μm - 1.8 μm. Such a facility will allow a veritable host of Galactic, Extragalactic and Cosmological questions to be addressed. In this paper we will report on the current status of the instrument, details of the early testing of key components and the major milestones towards its delivery to the telescope.
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William Taylor, Michele Cirasuolo, Jose Afonso, Marcella Carollo, Chris Evans, Hector Flores, Roberto Maiolino, Stephane Paltani, Leonardo Vanzi, Manuel Abreu, Jean-Phillipe Amans, David Atkinson, Joe Barrett, Steven Beard, Celementine Béchet, Martin Black, David Boettger, Saskia Brierley, David Buscher, Alexandre Cabral, William Cochrane, João Coelho, Miriam Colling, Ralf Conzelmann, Francesco Dalessio, Louise Dauvin, George Davidson, Holger Drass, Rolando Dünner, Alasdair Fairley, Giles Fasola, Debora Ferruzzi, Martin Fisher, Mauricio Flores, Bianca Garilli, Julien Gaudemard, Oscar Gonzalez, Isabelle Guinouard, Pablo Gutierrez, Peter Hammersley, Régis Haigron, Chris Haniff, Mahmoud Hayati, Derek Ives, Olaf Iwert, Philippe Laporte, David Lee, Gianluca Li Causi, Yerko Luco, Alastair Macleod, Vincenzo Mainieri, Charles Maire, Basile-Thierry Melse, Johannes Nix, Ernesto Oliva, António Oliveira, Livia Origlia, Ian Parry, Fernando Pedichini, Roberto Piazzesi, Phil Rees, Florent Reix, Myriam Rodrigues, Felipe Rojas, Stefano Rota, Frédéric Royer, Pedro Santos, Robin Schnell, Tzu-Chiang Shen, Michael Sordet, Jonathan Strachan, Xiaowei Sun, Graham Tait, Miguel Torres, Andre Tozzi, Simon Tulloch, Álvaro Valenzuela Navarro, Lauren Von Dran, Chris Waring, Stephen Watson, Brian Woodward, and Yanbin Yang "Rising MOONS: an update on the VLT’s next multi-object spectrograph as it begins to grow", Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107021G (13 July 2018);


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