|Organization||Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias|
|Altitude||2,390 m. (7,841 ft.)|
The Observatorio del Teide (Teide Observatory) is an astronomical observatory on Tenerife operated by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias. Opened in 1964, it became one of the first major international observatories, attracting telescopes from different countries around the world because of the good astronomical seeing conditions. Later the emphasis for optical telescopes shifted more towards Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma. It is considered one of the world's major observatories.
- Solar Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT): 70 cm diameter. Operated by the Kiepenheuer Institute of Solar Physics, Freiburg (Germany). Installed in 1989.
- THÉMIS Solar Telescope: 90 cm diameter, built 1996, operated by Italy and France.
- GREGOR Solar Telescope: 1.5 m, operated by a German consortium. In operation since May 2012.
- A node of the Birmingham Solar Oscillations Network (BiSON), operated by the University of Birmingham, UK.
- Carlos Sánchez Infrared Telescope (TCS): 152 cm diameter installed by the UK in 1971
- Mons reflecting telescope: 50 cm diameter, operated by the University of Mons (Belgium), built in 1972.
- IAC-80 Telescope: 80 cm IAC telescope, installed in 1991.
- OGS Telescope: 1 m European Space Agency optical ground station for satellite communications, built in 1998.
- STARE Telescope: 10 cm Stellar Astrophysics & Research on Exoplanets.
- Bradford Robotic Telescope: 35 cm Telescope for educational use.
- (STELLA I and STELLA II) robotic telescopes: 120 cm STELLA is an abbreviation of STELLar Activity, operated by Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics (AIP) with the collaboration of the IAC, put in operation 2006.
- SLOOH: US robotic telescopes, built in 2004.
Radio telescopes for cosmic microwave background astronomy
- The 33 GHz interferometer
- The COSMOSOMAS Experiment (10 and 15 GHz)
- The Very Small Array (VSA: 14-element interferometer at 30 GHz)
Other buildings on the site
The observatory has a visitors' centre and a residencia (hostel) for astronomers. Brian May helped construct a building there to study interplanetary dust.
- Teide National Park
- Mount Teide
- Pico Viejo
- Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
- Roque de los Muchachos Observatory
- Llano de Chajnantor Observatory
- Paranal Observatory
- La Silla Observatory
- Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory
- Very Large Telescope
- European Extremely Large Telescope
- Astronomical seeing
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- Rayrole, J. (1985). The European observatory at the Canary Islands 233. pp. 32–50. doi:10.1007/BFb0022394.
- THÉMIS Website
- GREGOR Website at KIS, Freiburg
- "ESO and Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias Sign Agreement on Adaptive Optics Collaboration". ESO Announcement. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
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