The Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope is a 4.1 meter aperture telescope designed to work from the atmospheric cut-off in the blue to the near infrared, to have excellent image quality. It was funded by a 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).
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Cerro Pachon is located 10km southeast and 0.5km higher than CTIO (Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory), at an altitude of 2.701m, in the Chilean Andes.
On the same mountain, about 0.4km far from north, is the Gemini South Observatory, close enough to access Gemini instruments and its mirror-coating facility.
At the end of leveling work is a platform with 3.600 m² (142m long and 35m wide at the larger point).
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