- O/IR System
The Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope is a 4.1 meter aperture telescope designed to work from the atmospheric cut-off in the blue (320 nm) to the near infrared, to have excellent image quality (0.22 arcseconds), fast slewing and to have up to nine instrument mounted ready for use. It was funded by 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). The SOAR Telescope is situated on Cerro Pachón, just to the southeast of Cerro Tololo on the AURA site at an altitude of 2,700 meters (8,775 feet) above sea level.
Last updated or reviewed February 10, 2011.