The Multi-Object Optical and Near-Infrared Spectrograph (MOONS), has officially passed the major milestone of Preliminary Design Review (PDR). MOONS will be able to deploy ~1000 fibres over a field of view of ~500 square arcminutes, the largest patrol field offered at VLT Nasmyth focus. Total wavelength coverage is 0.6–1.8 μm in the medium resolution (4000–6000) mode; higher (R~9000) resolution will be available for the Ca II triplet (~0.85 μm) region and one region at R~20000 in H-band.
MOONS passes Its Preliminary Design Review
The MOONS consortium is led by the UK STFC Astronomy Technology Centre and includes: Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA), Portugal; GEPI, Observatoire de Paris; Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) with its centres in Florence, Bologna, Milan and Rome; AIUC, Centre for Astro-Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Cavendish Laboratory and Institute of Astronomy, UK; ETH Zürich, Institute for Astronomy; Université de Genève, through its Astronomical Observatory; and ESO.
MOONS is due to begin operation in 2019.