TAIPAN Starbugs: commissioning and the start of science observations

Rebecca Brown*, Tony Farrell, Nuwanthika Fernando, Michael Goodwin, Anthony Horton, Celestina Lacombe, Jon Lawrence, Nuria Lorente, Helen McGregor, Ellie O'Brien, Lew Waller, Tayyaba Zafar, Jessica Zheng

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The TAIPAN instrument is installed on the UK Schmidt Telescope and has undergone 5 years of commissioning and verification. It utilizes the Starbug fibre positioning technology and is a proof-of-concept design for future Starbug-based instrumentation. The installation and commissioning of this new technology has provided opportunities to understand the Starbugs in detail. Science verification began in 2021 and has demonstrated the sub-10 minute configuration time, efficiency of small field 'tweaks' to correct for atmospheric refraction, and positioning accuracy of the Starbugs. Lessons learned from the commissioning of TAIPAN will directly impact future projects in which the Starbug technology is proposed, such as MANIFEST and FOBOS.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IX
EditorsChristopher J. Evans, Julia J. Bryant, Kentaro Motohara
Place of PublicationWashington, DC
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781510653504
ISBN (Print)9781510653498
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventConference on Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IX - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 17 Jul 202222 Jul 2022

Publication series

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


ConferenceConference on Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IX


  • Multi-object Spectroscopy
  • Fibre optic positioner
  • Starbugs


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