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TAIPAN: the AAO's first Starbug positioner and spectrograph (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Nuria P. F. Lorente; Kyler Kuehn; Jon S. Lawrence; Carlos Bacigalupo; David Brown; Rebecca Brown; Scott Case; Steve Chapman; Vladimir Churilov; Robert Content; Tony Farrell; Michael Goodwin; Urs Klauser; Slavko Mali; Rolf Muller; Vijay Nichani; Naveen Pai; Scott Smedley; Minh Vuong; Lewis Waller; Ross Zhelem; Helen McGregor
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Paper Abstract

The AAO’s TAIPAN instrument is a multi-object fibre positioner and spectrograph installed on the 1.2m UK-Schmidt telescope at Siding Spring Observatory. The positioner, a prototype for the MANIFEST positioner on the Giant Magellan Telescope, uses independently controlled Starbug robots to position a maximum of 300 optical fibres on a 32cm glass field plate (for a 6 degree field of view), to an accuracy of 5 microns (0.3 arcsec). The Starbug technology allows multi-object spectroscopy to be carried out with a minimum of overhead between observations, significantly decreasing field configuration time. Over the next 5 years the TAIPAN instrument will be used for two southern-hemisphere surveys: Taipan, a spectroscopic survey of 1x10^6 galaxies at z<0.3, and FunnelWeb, a stellar survey complete to Gaia G=12.5. In this paper we present an overview of the operational TAIPAN instrument: its design, construction and integration, and discuss the 2017 commissioning campaign and science verification results obtained in early 2018.

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Date Published: 9 July 2018
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Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107021A (9 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313032
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Nuria P. F. Lorente, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Kyler Kuehn, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Jon S. Lawrence, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Carlos Bacigalupo, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
David Brown, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Rebecca Brown, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Scott Case, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Steve Chapman, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Vladimir Churilov, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Robert Content, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Tony Farrell, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Michael Goodwin, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Urs Klauser, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Slavko Mali, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Rolf Muller, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Vijay Nichani, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Naveen Pai, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Scott Smedley, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Minh Vuong, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Lewis Waller, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Ross Zhelem, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Helen McGregor, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10702:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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