The MOONS consortium are working with many different specialist industrial partners from across the globe, all of whom bring their unique expertise to what are often extremely challenging requirements. There are many areas where MOONS is requesting things that have never been tried before and we are consequently very grateful to all our partners for the research and commitment they are bringing to the project. On this page are many of our key industrial partners, with links to their websites where you can find out more about their work.
MOONS has six cameras, each with a 4K x 4K detector. The two MOONS “visible” channels will use fully-depleted CCDs that have been developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The Infra-red channels will utilise 4 Hawaii 4RG detectors provided by Teledyne Imaging.
The extremely intricate Fibre Positioning Units (FPUs) are being manufactured for MOONS by the Swiss company MPS Microsystems.
MOONS uses a calibration screen coated in a diffuse reflective material, which has been supplied by Pro-lite Technology.
The MOONS FPUs will require 1001 individual drive circuit boards, these are being manufactured by GSPK circuits.
Clearer in a project like MOONS, we are working with a wide variety of Optical vendors. Much of the glass in the instrument is low OH Fused Silica that has been supplied by Heraeus.
The lenses and mirrors for all six of the f/0.95 MOONS cameras are being manufactured by Winlight Optics.
Sydor Optics have polished and prepared the substrates for the VPH gratings.
The two large collimators for the triple are spectrographs have been manufactured by KiwiStar Optics.
The large dichroics are being prepared by Materion.
Each high-resolution H-band channel requires two very large Silicon prisms to ensure the beam is incident on the grating at the correct angle. These are being supplied by New England Optical Systems.
All the FPUs sit on a single plate. This surface has been machined to tremendously high precision for us by Alimex. This part is complete and has arrived in our lab, some images of it can be seen here.
The MOONS cryostat is very large by astronomical standards. It is being manufactured for us by A S Scientific Products, who are also preparing the raw optical bench onto which the MOONS optics will be mounted.
MOONS will contain over 20 kms of optical fibres. This is being manufactured for the porject by SEDI-ATI.