Instrumentation for GTC

The Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) is a 10.4 m reflecting telescope located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma, Spain.


MEGARA (Multi-Espectrógrafo en GTC de Alta Resolución para Astronomía) is an optical integral-field Unit (IFU) and multi-object spectrograph (MOS) designed for the GTC

MEGARA offers two different observing modes to the community, the Large Compact Bundle (LCB) mode, and a Multi-Object Spectroscopy (MOS) mode.


EMIR (Especrografo Multiobjeto Infra-Rojo)

EMIR is a near-infrared (0.9 – 2.5 µm) wide-field imager and medium-resolution multi-object spectrograph installed at the Naysmith-A focal station.


FRIDA (inFRared Imager and Dissector for the Adaptive optics system of GTC)

FRIDA is a second generation infrared instrument of the GRAN TELESCOPIO CANARIAS (GTC).
It will be the first GTC instrument to make use of the Adaptive Telescope Optics System (GTC-AO) and is designed to reach the diffraction limit.

Instrumentation for ELT

The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) is an astronomical observatory and the world’s largest optical/near-infraredextremely large telescope now under construction.


MOSAIC is a multi-object and multi-integral field spectrograph that will use the widest possible field of view provided by the ELT.

MOSAIC will have three operating modes: a high multiplex mode (HMM) covering the visible and near-infrared domain; a high definition mode (HDM) that will provide spatially resolved observations in the near-infrared; and a multi light bucket integral field mode for the Inter-Galactic Medium mode (IGM).


Advanced instrumentación is developed in this laboratory. 


The LICA is located in the Astrophysics Department headquarters of the Facultad CC. Físicas of the UCM.

LICA is considered a top priority facility by the Campus Moncloa Campus de Excelencia Internacional (UCM-UPM) Project. Prof. J. Zamorano is the coordinator for this facility.


We develop small instruments to measure sky brightness and monitor light polution

Small instruments for light pollution research

We design photometers to continously monitoring the sky brightness at night (TESS-W), hand portable photometers (TESS-P), automatic photometers to create all-sky brightness maps (TAS), multichannel photometers (COELOFOT)…

Professor Jaime Zamorano is the lead investigator of these developments.