TAIPAN: optical spectroscopy with Starbugs

Kyler Kuehn*, Jon Lawrence, David M. Brown, Scott Case, Matthew Colless, Robert Content, Luke Gers, James Gilbert, Michael Goodwin, Andrew M. Hopkins, Michael Ireland, Nuria P F Lorente, Rolf Muller, Vijay Nichani, Azizi Rakman, Samuel N. Richards, Will Saunders, Nick F. Staszak, Julia Tims, Lewis G. Waller

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TAIPAN is a spectroscopic instrument designed for the UK Schmidt Telescope at the Australian Astronomical Observatory. In addition to undertaking the TAIPAN survey, it will serve as a prototype for the MANIFEST fibre positioner system for the future Giant Magellan Telescope. The design for TAIPAN incorporates up to 300 optical fibres situated within independently-controlled robotic positioners known as Starbugs, allowing precise parallel positioning of every fibre, thus significantly reducing instrument configuration time and increasing observing time. We describe the design of the TAIPAN instrument system, as well as the science that will be accomplished by the TAIPAN survey. We also highlight results from the on-sky tests performed in May 2014 with Starbugs on the UK Schmidt Telescope and briefly introduce the role that Starbugs will play in MANIFEST.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
EditorsSuzanne K. Ramsay, Ian S. McLean, Hideki Takami
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780819496157
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 22 Jun 201426 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V


  • Astronomical Instrumentation
  • Fiber Positioner Technology
  • High Multiplex and Survey Instruments
  • Spectroscopy


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