Observatories operated by the KIS

Tenerife : Together with the Institut für Astrophysik Göttingen, the Max Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung in Katlenburg-Lindau and the Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam KIS operates several solar telescopes at the Spanish 'Obervatorio del Teide' (2400 m, 16 deg 30 min 37.1 sec west, 28 deg 18 min 8.9 sec north, position of the VTT due to GPS determination, precision about 50 m rms) at Izaña on Tenerife.

  • The largest telescope there is the Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT) with an aperture of 70 cm:

    • Observing at the VTT

Infos on observing proposals, CCI (ITP), OPTICON ACCESS, and more...

  • Technical informations

Technical details for VTT users (limited access).

  The building of the VTT in the Observatorio del Teide on Tenerife


Schauinsland : Near to the mountain peak Schauinsland (1240 m, 7 deg 54 min 15 sec east, 47 deg 54.8 min north) 20 km away from Freiburg the KIS operates a tower telescope (refractor) of 45 cm aperture. This installation is used for testing of equipment and education of students. In addition the public guided tours of the KIS are performed here: For details see public relations.


last update: January 19, 2006, Hubertus Wöhl, hw@kis.uni-freiburg.de