Australia’s National Capability for Optical Astronomy Instrumentation

As Australia’s leading astronomical instrumentation organisation, we create advanced technologies to explore and understand our universe.

About us

Astralis Instrumentation Consortium (Astralis) is a combined team of astronomy experts across three major Australian universities: Macquarie University, the Australian National University and the University of Sydney.

Together, we create world-leading astronomical instrumentation to help survey and better understand our night skies.

Latest news

MAVIS Team successfully Passes Preliminary Design Review for ESO Very Large Telescope »

The Astralis MAVIS team is pleased to announce that we, along with our European team members, have

International Women’s Day 2023: An interview with 5 women in Astralis »

On 8 March, Astralis joined the world in celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) as we recognise and

Astralis Leads Phase-A Study for AO Bench for Gemini North »

Astralis have recently finalised an agreement with the US consortium AURA to conduct a Phase A study

Our Capabilities

Recent Projects


MAVIS is a multi-conjugate adaptive optics visible imager and spectrograph for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT).  MAVIS stands for MCAO Assisted Visible Imager and Spectrograph. MAVIS will be the first…


MANIFEST is a facility multi-object fibre system for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). MANIFEST will consist of hundreds of Starbug robots that patrol the GMT field of view and feed currently planned optical spectrographs…