AAO Macquarie is a world leader in the development of innovative telescope instrumentation.
Formally opened in 1974, the AAO was originally a bi-national facility of Australia and the UK. From 2010 to 2018 was fully funded by the Australian Government. It has recently transitioned from Australia’s national optical observatory, into two separate entities. One of these entities, AAO Macquarie, is now set to become part of the country’s national instrumentation capability.
AAO Macquarie designs and builds innovative instruments to extract information from light for Australian telescopes, keeping them at the forefront of research, and for telescopes around the world. The AAO Macquarie’s key strengths lie in:
- Photonics and other optical-fibre technologies that capture and filter light
- Positioning systems that place optical fibres with maximum efficiency
- Spectrographs that analyse captured light.