Science modules under development

These modules will provide additional science science capabilities. They are available for engineering observations and undergoing commissionning, but not yet offered for regular open use observations.

If you would like to use these new capabilities for science or engineering, please contact us to join the corresponding development/commissionning team(s).

MKID Exoplanet Camera (MEC)

MEC is a fast photon-counting, wavelength-resolving camera developed by UCSB. It serves both as a focal plane wavefront sensor and a science instrument.


FIRST is a visible light fiber-fed interferometer for stellar physics. It provides ultra-high angular resolution to map the surface of stars and identify tight companions.


RHEA is a small-field-of-view, high spectral resolution integral field spectrograph for stellar physics.


GLINT is a near-IR fiber-fed photonic nuller interferometer, optimized to observe warm dust around stars.


SCExAO-IRD injects light in a single-mode fiber to feed the IRD near-IR high-resolution spectrograph.

Visiting modules

We are currently hosting two visiting cameras. The visiting instruments are managed by our collaborators - please contact them if you would like to get involved.


A CRED-one camera is installed behind SCExAO as part of a collaboration with the Kernel team led by Dr. Frantz Martinache.

University of Hawaii SAPHIRA

A SAPHIRA-based nearIR camera is installed behind SCExAO as part of a collaboration with the University of Hawaii (POC: Don Hall).
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