The peak of Cerro Armazones appears flattened as efforts continue to craft a platform for the European Extremely Large Telescope.
|Elevation||3,064 m (10,052 ft)|
|Location||Antofagasta Region, Chile|
|Parent range||Cordillera Vicuña Mackenna|
Cerro Armazones is a mountain located in the Sierra Vicuña Mackenna of the Chilean Coast Range, approximately 130 km (81 mi) south-east of Antofagasta in the Antofagasta Region, Chile. Before the construction of the European Extremely Large Telescope started the summit was a horizontal control point with an elevation of 3,064 metres (10,052 ft). It is located in a privileged zone for optical astronomy because it has 89% cloudless nights a year. It currently hosts the 1.5 m (5 ft) Hexapod-Telescope and other telescopes at the Cerro Armazones Observatory.
Carving a route to Armazones, with Cerro Paranal and the Very Large Telescope in the background.
Result of the apparent motion of the stars through the southern sky.
After the groundbreaking back in June 2014, work continues on Cerro Armazones in preparation for construction work on the E-ELT.
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