CONSTRUCTING THE AUSTRALIAN EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY POSITIONER (AESOP)

Grant number: LE160100145 | Funding period: 2016 - 2016

Completed

Abstract

The objective of this project is to build the positioner at the Australian Astronomical Observatory to enable participation in the upcoming programs of the European Southern Observatory (ESO). The 4MOST Consortium is modifying one of the ESO telescopes for a 10-year campaign of dedicated wide-field astronomy programs. A key component of this upgrade will be the Australian built fibre-positioning system. In exchange for covering the labour costs associated with this instrument, Australian astronomers are being provided with the opportunity to lead one of the eight design reference missions and to participate in the other seven. The potential benefits are therefore two-fold: showcasing Austral..

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