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Encyclopedia > Roque de los Muchachos Observatory

Roque de los Muchachos Observatory
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Overview of some of the telescopes at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory.
Organization IAC
Location La Palma, Canary Islands, Atlantic Ocean (Island owned by Spain)
Coordinates 28 46 N, 17 53 W
Altitude 2,500 m
Webpage IAC website (http://www.iac.es/gabinete/orm/teles1.html)
Telescopes
MAGIC (telescope) 17 m gamma-ray imaging Cherenkov telescope
Gran Telescopio Canarias 11.35 m reflecting telescope
William Herschel Telescope 4.2 m reflecting telescope
Telescopio Nazionale Galileo 3.5 m reflecting telescope
Nordic Optical Telescope 2.56 m reflecting telescope
Isaac Newton Telescope 2.5 m reflecting telescope
Liverpool Telescope 2.0 m reflecting telescope
Mercator Telescope 1.2 m reflecting telescope
Swedish Solar Telescope 1.0 m refracting vacuum solar telescope
Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope 1.0 m reflecting telescope
Dutch Open Telescope 0.45 m reflecting solar telescope
Carlsberg Meridian Telescope 0.18 m refracting telescope
SuperWASP 5 wide angle cameras with 0.11 m diameter lenses

The seeing statistics for Roque de los Muchachos Observatory make it the third best location for optical and infrared astronomy after Dome C, Antarctica and Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii. The site has some of the premier astronomical facilities in the Northern Hemisphere, including the adaptive optics corrected Swedish Solar Telescope which provides the highest resolution solar imaging of any telescope. This article discusses one of the Canary Islands. ... Canaries Capitals Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Santa Cruz de Tenerife Area  – Total  – % of Spain Ranked 13th  7 447 km²  1,5% Population  – Total (2003)  – % of Spain  – Density Ranked 8th  1 843 755  4,4%  247,58/km² Demonym  – English  – Spanish  Canary Islander  canario/a Statute of Autonomy August 16... The metre (American spelling: meter), symbol: m, is the basic unit of distance (or of length, in the parlance of the physical sciences) in the International System of Units. ... The MAGIC Telescope MAGIC is the Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov Telescope. ... Gamma rays (often denoted by the Greek letter gamma, γ) are an energetic form of electromagnetic radiation produced by radioactivity or other nuclear or subatomic processes such as electron-positron annihilation. ... 50 cm refracting telescope at Nice Observatory. ... The Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) (Great Telescope Canary Islands), sometimes called Grantecan, is a 10. ... Ritchey 24 reflecting telescope A reflecting telescope (reflector) is an optical telescope which uses mirrors, rather than lenses, to reflect light. ... Moonrise over the WHT dome The William Herschel Telescope or WHT is a 4. ... Ritchey 24 reflecting telescope A reflecting telescope (reflector) is an optical telescope which uses mirrors, rather than lenses, to reflect light. ... The Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, or TNG is a 3. ... Ritchey 24 reflecting telescope A reflecting telescope (reflector) is an optical telescope which uses mirrors, rather than lenses, to reflect light. ... The dome of the Nordic Optical Telescope. ... Ritchey 24 reflecting telescope A reflecting telescope (reflector) is an optical telescope which uses mirrors, rather than lenses, to reflect light. ... The INT dome by moonlight The Isaac Newton Telescope or INT is a 2. ... Ritchey 24 reflecting telescope A reflecting telescope (reflector) is an optical telescope which uses mirrors, rather than lenses, to reflect light. ... The Liverpool Telescope is a 2m fully robotic telescope, meaning that it can be remotely operated and run without human intervention once given a list of observations to make. ... Ritchey 24 reflecting telescope A reflecting telescope (reflector) is an optical telescope which uses mirrors, rather than lenses, to reflect light. ... Ritchey 24 reflecting telescope A reflecting telescope (reflector) is an optical telescope which uses mirrors, rather than lenses, to reflect light. ... The Swedish Solar Telescope (or SST) is a 1m telescope on La Palma in the Canary Islands. ... The 50 cm refractor at Nice Observatory. ... The Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope or JKT was a 1m optical telescope of the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes on La Palma in the Canary Islands. ... Ritchey 24 reflecting telescope A reflecting telescope (reflector) is an optical telescope which uses mirrors, rather than lenses, to reflect light. ... Innovative new optical solar telescope at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma (near the Swedish Solar Telescope). ... Ritchey 24 reflecting telescope A reflecting telescope (reflector) is an optical telescope which uses mirrors, rather than lenses, to reflect light. ... The Carlsberg Meridian Telescope (formerly the Carlsberg Automatic Meridian Circle) is located at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory and is dedicated to carrying out high-precision optical astrometry. ... The 50 cm refractor at Nice Observatory. ... A camera is a device used to take pictures (usually photographs), either singly or in sequence, with or without sound, such as with video cameras. ... Dome C, also known as Dome Circe or Dome Charlie, ( 75° S 123° E) is a local feature of the Antarctic Plateau, and site of the Concordia scientific station. ... The Mauna Kea Observatory, an institute of the University of Hawaii, is considered one of the most important land-based observatories in the world for its isolated, unobstructed views of space without interference from man-made light sources. ... State nickname: The Aloha State Other U.S. States Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Governor Linda Lingle Official languages Hawaiian and English Area 28,337 km² (43rd)  - Land 16,649 km²  - Water 11,672 km² (41. ... Adaptive optics is a technology to improve the performance of reflecting telescopes by reducing the effects of atmospheric distortion, or twinkling. ...

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Telescopes at the observatory at sunset

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Roque de los Muchachos Observatory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (335 words)
Roque de los Muchachos Observatory is an astronomical observatory located in the municipality of Garafía on the island of La Palma.
The observatory was initiated in Santa Cruz de La Palma by representatives from Spain, Sweden, Denmark and the United Kingdom.
The observatory was officially inaugurated on the 29th June 1985 by the Spanish royal family and six European heads of state.
Observatories (371 words)
The Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, and the dome of its 4-meter Blanco Telescope.
Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma is one of the premier observing locations on Earth.
The observatory dome's two massive shutters are closed tight on a clear night, a precaution prompted by the presence of airborne ash and smoke from wildfires that could have damaged the historic mirror's aluminum coating.[=]
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