MagAO-X first light

Jared R. Males, Laird M. Close, Olivier Guyon, Alexander D. Hedglen, Kyle Van Gorkom, Joseph D. Long, Maggie Kautz, Jennifer Lumbres, Lauren Schatz, Alexander Rodack, Kelsey Miller, David Doelman, Frans Snik, Steven Bos, Justin M. Knight, Katie Morzinski, Victor Gasho, Christoph Keller, Sebastiaan Haffert, Logan Pearce

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MagAO-X is a new "extreme"adaptive optics system for the Magellan Clay 6.5 m telescope which began commissioning in December, 2019. MagAO-X is based around a 2040 actuator deformable mirror, controlled by a pyramid wavefront sensor operating at up to 3.6 kHz. When fully optimized, MagAO-X will deliver high Strehls (< 70%), high resolution (19 mas), and high contrast (< 1 × 10-4) at Ha (656 nm). We present a brief review of the instrument design and operations, and then report on the results of the first-light run.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdaptive Optics Systems VII
EditorsLaura Schreiber, Dirk Schmidt, Elise Vernet
ISBN (Electronic)9781510636835
StatePublished - 2020
EventAdaptive Optics Systems VII 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Dec 14 2020Dec 22 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceAdaptive Optics Systems VII 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • Adaptive optics
  • Coronagraphs
  • High contrast imaging
  • Wavefront control
  • Wavefront sensing
  • exo-planets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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