Welcome at the web pages of the NOVA Optical InfraRed Instrumentation group.

It is our mission to enable access to the best observation capabilities for professional astronomers in the Netherlands by developing world leading optical and infrared telescopes and instrumentation.


Our goals are: 

Development and realization of novel astronomical instruments, of excellent performance, with reliable quality, on time and on budget.

Development of expertise and infrastructure to remain competitive worldwide with a focus on opto-mechanical cryogenic systems.


Our key competences are: development of cryogenic opto-mechanical systems. 

The following graph provides a number of examples of our competences on optics, mechanics, cryogenics and system level for the different phases of a project: design phase, manufacture phase and test phase.


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