• SOAR - Southern Astrophysical Research Telescope

    The SOAR Telescope

    The Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope is a 4.1 meter aperture telescope designed to produce the best quality images of any observatory in its class in the world. Capable of working from the atmospheric cut-off in the blue (320 nm) to the near infrared, it features fast slewing and a suite of both optical and infrared instruments mounted and ready for use. It was funded by a a partnership between the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), the Ministério da Ciencia e Tecnologia of the Federal Republic of Brazil (MCT), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and Michigan State University (MSU).
    SOAR is situated on Cerro Pachón - IV Region - Chile, at an altitude of 2,700 meters (8,775 feet) above sea level.

    In addition to its excellent image quality SOAR is unique among other 4m-class telescopes in two major aspects:
    1) It can switch between different instruments in just a few minutes
    2) The majority of the observations are done remotely via VNC and video links, which allows for several projects to share time during a night, and enables scientists to personally and efficiently carry out synoptic programs requiring full or partial nights distributed over weeks or months.