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Research Infrastructure

Roque de los Muchachos Observatory

Description The Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (ORM) is situated on the edge of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, 2.396 m. above sea level in the municipality of Garafía (on the island of La Palma). It is home to one of the most extensive fleets of telescopes to be found anywhere in the world. Conditions at the Observatory are ideal not only for night time observations but also for Solar Physics. The Observatory also attracts researchers in High Energy Astrophysics. The ORM Residence is a suite of facilities (including day and night-time dormitories, a kitchen and dining room, reception and living and games rooms), which is available for use by scientific and technical staff linked to the Observatory. Following the International Agreement on Cooperation in Astrophysics (1979), more than 60 research institutions from almost 20 countries have installed their telescopes and instruments for astrophysical research at the Canary Islands' Observatories (Teide Observatory and Roque de los Muchachos Observatory). The following telescopes are accesible at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory: Gran Telescopio CANARIAS (GTC), William Herschel Telescope (WHT), Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG), Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT), Isaac Newton Telescope (INT), Liverpool Telescope (LT), MERCATOR, Automatic Transit Circle (ATC), Swedish Solar Telescope (SST), Dutch Open Telescope (DOT), MAGIC I and MAGIC II, SuperWASP, JKT and DIMMA. This RI is an ICTS (Unique Scientific and Technological Infrastructure), included in the Spanish National Roadmap for RIs.
URL http://www.iac.es/orm
Status Operational since 1979
Scientific Domains Physical Sciences and Engineering
RI Categorization Telescopes
Location Breña Baja, 38712, Canary Islands, Spain
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15380