Optical Astronomy

AAL receives funding from the Australian Commonwealth Government to support Australian-based astronomers to access a range of world-class national and international optical astronomical facilities and to support various development projects to upgrade or develop future national and international optical astronomical infrastructure.

Optical Astronomy – PROJECTS & FACILITIES


The Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) is the largest optical telescope in Australia, located at Siding Spring Observatory in NSW.


AAL supports the Astralis Instrumentation Consortium (Astralis), a university-led national optical astronomy instrumentation capability.


Via the Strategic Partnership, Australian-based astronomers can access and build instruments for the European Southern Observatory (ESO).


The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is a next generation optical/infrared telescope, currently under construction in Chile.

Rubin Observatory

The NSF Vera C. Rubin Observatory aims to produce the deepest, widest image of the Universe at optical wavelengths ever produced.