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Aristarchos Telescope

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The call for proposals for the observing period August 1- October 31, 2014 has been opened. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 31, 2014.


The 2.3m Aristarchos Telescope

The 2.3m Aristarchos telescope is the largest research infrastructure of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA). It is an f/8 Ritchey-Chretien telescope, built by the Germany company Carl Zeiss GmbH, which has an established tradition in telescope design and construction. The Institute of Astronomy Astrophysics Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) of NOA manages the telescope, which is located at an altitude of 2340m at Helmos Observatory, approximately 220 km southwest of Athens, near the city of Kalavryta.

The telescope is the largest in the Balkans and the second largest in continental Europe. It utilizes technology currently used at 10m class telescopes allowing for superb pointing accuracy as well as excellent tracking.

Please follow the links on this page for more details on the instrumentation etc.