Jump to content


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.


Roque De Los Muchachos, La Palma

Recommended Posts


The Roque de los Muchachos is a rocky mound at the highest point on the volcanic island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. The rocks are at 2,426 m above sea level, not far from the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, where some of the world's largest telescopes are situated; the altitude and the dryness of the climate here give rise to excellent observing conditions. The rocks are contained with the Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente.

The observatory started with the Isaac Newton Telescope, which was moved to La Palma from the Royal Greenwich Observatory site at Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex in 1979. The move was beset with difficulties, and it is widely recognized that it would have been cheaper to have built a new telescope rather than moving an existing one.

The site features the following important telescopes:

  1. Gran Telescopio CANARIAS (GTC)
  2. The William Herschel Telescope
  3. Telescopio Nazionale GALILEO
  4. The Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT)
  5. The Isaac Newton Telescope
  6. Liverpool Telescope
  7. The Swedish Solar Telescope (SST)

Here area few snaps I took last week:

post-6667-078045700 1285836792_thumb.jpg

post-6667-034404100 1285836822_thumb.jpg

post-6667-072074800 1285836868_thumb.jpg

post-6667-045014800 1285836924_thumb.jpg

post-6667-015837500 1285836971_thumb.jpg

post-6667-008821000 1285837014_thumb.jpg

post-6667-012295400 1285837056_thumb.jpg

post-6667-064806100 1285836741_thumb.gif

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Some first weekend of Summer - even the pigeons don't fancy it

    Gusting winds, showers and persistent rain - not the type of weather you'd usually associate with the first weekend of summer. But there will be some improvement through the weekend and into next week. Read the full update here

    Netweather forecasts
    Netweather forecasts
    Latest weather updates from Netweather

    UK Storm and Severe Convective Forecast

    UK Severe Convective & Storm Forecast - Issued 2020-06-05 21:46:10 Valid: 06/06/2020 0600 - 07/06/2020 0600 THUNDERSTORM OUTLOOK - SAT 6TH JUNE 2020 Click here for the full forecast

    Nick F
    Nick F
    Latest weather updates from Netweather
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Create New...