Cerro Armazones Observatory

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Cerro Armazones Observatory
Organization Ruhr University Bochum and
Catholic University of the North
Code I09  
Location Antofagasta Region, Chile
Coordinates
Altitude 2,720 metres (8,920 ft)
Established 1995
Website
AIRUB - Observatorio Cerro Armazones
Telescopes
Hexapod-Telescope 1.5 m reflector
unnamed telescope 0.8 m reflector
IRIS 0.8 m reflector
unnamed telescope 0.41 m reflector
BEST II 0.25 m reflector
VYSOS6 (× 2) 0.15 m refractor

Cerro Armazones Observatory (Spanish: Observatorio Cerro Armazones, OCA; German: Observatorium Cerro Armazones, OCA) is an astronomical observatory owned and operated jointly by the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and the Catholic University of the North (UCN). It was established in 1995 on the slopes of Cerro Armazones, a mountain in the Antofagasta Region of Chile.[1] The observatory is located in the Atacama Desert about 110 kilometres (68 mi) south of the city of Antofagasta. Unlike many other observatories, OCA is not located at the highest point of its host mountain. Instead, it sits in a saddle approximately 340 metres (1,120 ft) below the summit and 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to the southwest. The Hexapod-Telescope is located 500 metres (1,600 ft) further to the west and 100 metres (330 ft) higher than the other telescopes, on a subsidiary peak of Cerro Armazones, Cerro Murphy.

On 26 April 2010, the European Southern Observatory Council selected Cerro Armazones as the site for the planned European Extremely Large Telescope.[2] The telescope will be located at the summit of the mountain at an altitude of 3,060 metres (10,040 ft).

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  1. ^ "Observatorio Cerro Armazones » About Observatorio Cerro Armazones (OCA)". Universidad Católica del Norte Instituto de Astronomía. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  2. ^ "E-ELT Site Chosen". Europe: European Southern Observatory. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hexapod - Telescope". Ruhr-Universität Bochum Astronomisches Institut. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Observatorio Cerro Armazones » 84-cm telescope". Universidad Católica del Norte Instituto de Astronomía. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  5. ^ Barrera, S.; Luis, H. (2002). "Cerro Armazones Observatory". Observational Aspects of Pulsating B- and a Stars 256: 285. Bibcode:2002ASPC..256..285B. 
  6. ^ "The Infra Red Imaging Survey (IRIS) Telescope". Ruhr-Universität Bochum Astronomisches Institut. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  7. ^ Hodapp, Klaus W.; Chini, Rolf; Reipurth, Bo; Murphy, Miguel; Lemke, Roland; Watermann, Ramon; Jacobson, Shane; Bischoff, Karsten; Chonis, Taylor; Dement, Denny; Terrien, Ryan; Bott, Kimberley; Provence, Sydney (2010). "Commissioning of the infrared imaging survey (IRIS) system". Commissioning of the infrared imaging survey (IRIS) system. Proceedings of SPIE 7735. pp. 77351A. doi:10.1117/12.856288. 
  8. ^ "Observatorio Cerro Armazones » 41-cm telescope". Universidad Católica del Norte Instituto de Astronomía. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  9. ^ "DLR - Institut für Planetenforschung - Berlin Exoplanet Search Telescope (BEST) and BEST II". Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  10. ^ Kabath, P.; Fruth, T.; Rauer, H.; Erikson, A.; Murphy, M. G.; Chini, R.; Lemke, R.; Csizmadia, Sz.; Eigmüller, P. et al. (2009). "CHARACTERIZATION OF CoRoT TARGET FIELDS WITH BERLIN EXOPLANET SEARCH TELESCOPE. II. IDENTIFICATION OF PERIODIC VARIABLE STARS IN THE LRc2 FIELD". The Astronomical Journal 137 (4): 3911. arXiv:0903.0325. Bibcode:2009AJ....137.3911K. doi:10.1088/0004-6256/137/4/3911. 
  11. ^ "VYSOS - Variable Young Stellar Object Survey". Ruhr-Universität Bochum Astronomisches Institut. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 

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