`IMAKA is an instrument concept for an extremely wide-field ground-layer adaptive optics on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The instrument takes advantage of the site’s excellent seeing, with its weak free-atmosphere seeing and its confined boundary layer turbulence, and a ground-layer adaptive optics system with a orthogonal-transfer CCD focal plane to deliver high-resolution optical images over fields of view of several tens of arcminutes.  The project is aptly named after the Hawaiian word `imaka meaning “scenic view”


The `IMAKA team has finished a feasibility study for the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope and is now conducting on-sky experiments to verify the level of performance we can attain.

optical imaging at a 0.3” resolution over a one degree field-of-view