Current Instruments

Information on the instrumentation available for use on each telescope is provided below. The links will lead you to general information about the instrument, including useful material for proposal preparation (e.g., instrument capabilities and sensitivities), and the relevant User's Manual. The Observing webpages give more information about applying for time on these telescopes and the AAO Observer's Guide provides a (somewhat dated) overview of the AAO and its facilities.

Current AAT Instruments

Current Gemini Instruments

Information about Gemini instruments can be found on the Gemini webpage, following the links below.

Gemini North

  • GMOS (multi-object, long-slit and IFU spectrograph and imager)
  • NIRI (1-5µm imager)
  • NIFS (1.0-2.5µm integral field spectrograph)
  • GNIRS (1-5µm long-slit and 0.9-2.5µm cross-dispersed spectrograph; formerly at Gemini South)
  • ALTAIR (facility natural/laser guide star AO system)
  • DSSI/Speckle (diffraction-limited optical imager) - Visitor
  • TEXES (10-20µm high resolution spectrograph) - Visitor

Gemini South

  • GMOS (multi-object, long-slit and IFU spectrograph and imager)
  • NICI (coronagraphic imager)
  • GSAOI (high-resolution imager for use with Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics system "GeMS")
  • GPI (adaptive-optics imaging polarimeter/integral-field spectrometer)
  • FLAMINGOS-2 (multi-object spectrograph)
  • GeMS (Multi-conjugate adaptive optics system)

Current Magellan Instruments


Current UKST Instruments

The UK Schmidt telescope is not currently offered.