MagAO-X first light


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 ($łt$ 70%), high resolution (19 mas), and high contrast ($łt$ 1 × 10$^-4$) at Hensuremathα (656 nm). We present a brief review of the instrument design and operations, and then report on the results of the first-light run.

Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series