TAIPAN fibre feed and spectrograph

engineering overview

Nicholas F. Staszak, Jon Lawrence, Ross Zhelem, Robert Content, Vladimir Churilov, Scott Case, Rebecca Brown, Andrew M. Hopkins, Kyler Kuehn, Naveen Pai, Urs Klauser, Vijay Nichani, Lew Waller

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TAIPAN will conduct a stellar and galaxy survey of the Southern sky. The TAIPAN positioner is being developed as a prototype for the MANIFEST instrument on the GMT. The TAIPAN Spectrograph is an AAO designed all-refractive 2-arm design that delivers a spectral resolution of R>2000 over the wavelength range 370-870 nm. It is fed by a custom fibre cable from the TAIPAN Starbugs positioner. The design for TAIPAN incorporates 150 optical fibres (with an upgrade path to 300). Presented is an engineering overview of the UKST Fibre Cable design used to support Starbugs, the custom slit design, and the overall design and build plan for the TAIPAN Spectrograph.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in optical and mechanical technologies for telescopes and instrumentation II
EditorsRamón Navarro, James H. Burge
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781510602045
ISBN (Print)9781510602038
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventAdvances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 20161 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherAdvances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II
CountryUnited Kingdom

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Copyright 2016 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.


  • GMT
  • Spectrographs
  • Starbugs
  • UKST

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