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Astronomy in Argentina and Chile

The skies of both Argentina and Chile are incredible for their purity and clarity. Patagonia in the south is a sparsely populated region, perfect for the observation of stars and beautiful sunsets. In the north west of Chile, lies the Atacama desert where there is a world renowned observatory. There, thanks to the almost non-existent clouds, the minimal atmospheric disturbances due to the altitude (2635m), the special heat conditions due to the proximity of the sea and its geographic isolation, you have the possibility to perfectly observe the stars and Milky Way.

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Observatory of San Pedro de Atacama Observatory of Cerro Mamalluca in Vicuña Observatory of Cordoba Argentina
Observatory of San Pedro de Atacama Observatory of Cerro Mamalluca
in Vicuña
Observatory of Cordoba
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Observatory of San pedro de atacama  
Atacama observatory

| Start point: San Pedro de Atacama

| Duration: Few hours.

We offer a general star tours each clear night, apart from a possible small period around the full moon. They allow people without any prior knowledge of the sky to understand how to look at it, and observe as well through powerful telescopes, and discover a new world, our universe ! And maybe from one of the best place on Earth to see the sky, the Atacama desert.

We give these tours either in english, in french or in spanish. While the most frequent, it is not guaranteed we have an english speaking tour every night. We try during the first part of the tour to explain the naked eye sky. What do we see when we look at the stars, what is a constellation, how to learn them, how to read a sky map and recognize the main stars. We use a green laser pointer to show you unambiguously the various constellations.

When the moon is visible, it is possible to take images of it through the telescopes, either with digital cameras, or with reflex (we have adapters for Nikon, Canon, Minolta and Pentax cameras).

Atacama Observatory
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atacama Obs
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Observatory of Cerro Mamalluca in Vicuña  
Cerro Mamalluca Observatory Chile

| Start point : Vicuña

| Duration 1 day.

Observatory Cerro Mamalluca in the Elqui Valley is a perfect place in Chile for astronomy. English-speaking guides and a 12 inch telescope unfold the magic of the skies. Within the Southern hemisphere, Chile offers the best of excellent opportunities to study the universe, especially north Chile has the advantage of a clear atmosphere. This, combined with a stable climate and few cities [thus no interference of light], makes Region II, III and IV a paradise for astronomers. The majority of the observatories is for scientific purposes only, where visitors can't look through telescopes, but they cán do this at the observatory of Cerro Mamalluca in the Elquí Valley of Norte Chico [Region IV].
Vicuna Obs Chile
Vicuna Observatory Chile
Chle Observatory
 
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Observatory of Cordoba  
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| Start point: Córdoba

| Duration 1 day.

The Argentine National Observatory, today The Astronomical Observatory of Córdoba, was founded in October 24 of 1871, by the Argentinian president Domingo F. Sarmiento and the North American astronomer Benjamin Apthorp Gould. Its creation is the beginning of astronomical studies in Argentina. When the president Domingo F. Sarmiento was representing his country in the United States, He had the opportunity to meet the pioneering astronomer Benjamin Apthorp Gould, who was very interested in travel to Argentina in order to study the stellar south hemisphere. Once Sarmiento was already installed as president of Argentina, he invited the eminent scientist to travel to Argentina in 1869, to provide his full support to organize an observatory. Gould arrived in Buenos Aires in 1870. The same night of the inauguration of the Astronomical Observatory of Cordoba, Gould began with the naked eye, later with the aid of small binoculars, a map of the southern sky, with more than 7000 stars recorded, that was published under the name of Uranometría Argentina. Gould was director of the observatory until 1885, that year he return to United States. Among his works on the observatory, we must mention its Catálogo de Zonas (1884), which was registered more than 70,000 stars of the southern hemisphere, and the Argentinian General Catalog which contains about 35,000 stars whose positions were established with very good accuracy. Other important issue was the first stellar photographs taken in the world at this observatory. For this work were taken hundreds of sheets of open star clusters in the southern hemisphere, which was subsequently determined the positions of each stars. This was the first systematic and large-scale astronomy book published using the photographic technique. It was published in 1897 under the name Fotografías Cordobesas.
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Very Large Telescope (VLT)  
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| Duration: 1 day.

The ESO Very Large Telescope will consist of four 8-meter telescopes which can work independently or in combined mode. In this latter mode the VLT provides the total light collecting power of a 16 meter single telescope, making it the largest optical telescope in the world. The four 8-m telescopes supplemented with 3 auxilliary 1 m telescopes may also be used in interferometric mode providing high angular resolution imaging. The useful wavelength range extends from the near UV up to 25 microns in the infrared. The Paranal Observatory is located on Cerro Paranal in the Atacama Desert, northern Chile. Science operation with the first unit telscope (UT1) is scheduled for the first half of 1999. Full operations of all telescopes is expected shortly after the turn of the century. The VLTs are equipped with a large set of instruments permitting observations to be performed from the near-UV to the mid-IR (ie a large fraction of the light wavelengths accessible from the surface of the Earth), with the full range of techniques including high-resolution spectroscopy, multi-object spectroscopy, imaging, and high-resolution imaging. In particular, the VLT has several Adaptive optics systems, which at infrared wavelengths correct for the effects of the atmospheric turbulence, providing images almost as sharp as if the telescope were in space. In the near-IR, the Adaptive Optics images of the VLT are up to three times sharper than those of the Hubble Space Telescope, and the spectroscopic resolution is many times better than Hubble. The VLTs are noted for their high level of observing efficiency and automation. The principal role of the main VLT telescopes is to operate as four independent telescopes. The interferometry (combining light from multiple telescopes) is used about 20 percent of the time for very high-resolution on bright objects e.g. Betelgeuse.

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Borispatagonia

Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!