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Calar Alto Astronomical Observatory (CAHA)
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
Calar Alto Astronomical Observatory
Location
Calle Jesús Durban Remón, Almería, PO: 04004 (Spain)
Structure
Type Of RI
Single-sited
Coordinating Country
Spain
Status
Status
Current Status:
Operational since 1975
Contacts
Contact Person
Mar Verdegay María
Position:
Head Administration
Scientific Description
The German-Spanish Astronomical Center at Calar Alto is located in the Sierra de Los Filabres (Andalucía, Southern Spain) north of Almeria. It is operated jointly by the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (MPIA) in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC) in Granada/Spain. Calar Alto provides three telescopes with apertures of 1.23m, 2.2m and 3.5m to the general community. This RI is an ICTS (Unique Scientific and Technological Infrastructure), included in the Spanish National Roadmap for RIs.

RI Keywords
Infrared, Astronomical instrumentation, Optical, Astrophysics, Telescopes, Astronomy
Classifications
RI Category
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Telescopes
In situ Earth Observatories
Astro-particle and neutrino detectors and observatories
Scientific Domain
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Services
Telescope with 2.2m aperture
Telescope with 1.23m aperture
Telescope with 3.5m aperture
Equipment
2.2m/CAFOS

Optical spectrograph with imaging and polarimetry capabilities for the 2.2m telescope.

3.5m/O2000

Near-infrared imager, large field of view, for the 3.5m telescope.

3.5m/LAICA

Large field-of-view optical imager for the 3.5m telescope.

2.2m/PANIC

Near-infrared, large field of view for the 2.2m telescope (and for the 3.5m), under development.

3.5m/Carmenes

Optical and near-infrared high-resolution spectrograph for the 3.5m telescope, under development.

GAW

Cherenkov telescopes and detectors, under deveolpment.

3.5m/PMAS

Integral field spectrograph for the 3.5m telescope.

2.2m/CAFE

High-spectral resolution spectrograph (echelle) for the 2.2m telescope.

1.23m/CCDcamera

Optical camera for the 1.23m telescope.

2.2m/BUSCA

Optical imager for the 2.2m telescope.

CAHA/archive

CAHA archive, with all observations since 2011 and other previous data.

3.5m/TWIN

Optical long-slit spectrograph for the 3.5m telescope.

2.2m/Astralux

High-spatial resolution imager (Lucky Imaging technique) for the 2.2m telescope.

3.5m/MOSCA

Optical spectrograph (with multiobject masks) with imaging capabilities for the 3.5m telescope.

Funding
National Public Funding Organisations
Max Planck Society (MPG)
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) [Spanish National Research Council]
Date of last update: 16/03/2017