At 11,400 ft, Volcan Baru is the highest mountain in Panama. The town of Boquete is nestled in
a lovely river valley on the southern side of the mountain.
The Boquete Optical SETI Observatory is located 3 miles from Boquete at 4400 feet on a southern slope of Volcan Baru and about 25 miles southeast of the Costa Rican/Panama border. It was constructed beginning in 2008. The observatory has a 20 inch Newtonian with a piggybacked 14 inch classical Cassegrain for tracking. The Newtonian was commissioned in October 2015. The observatory is in a continuous process of development.
Please visit the "Observations" section for the latest updates.
"Observations" with information on new digital detector board, updated 6/27/18
"Observations" with more info and data on the new detectors, updated 7/8/18
"Objects Observed" updated 11/10/18.
"Star List" update 11/10/18.
"Observations" update 11/18/18. With info regarding sensitivity improvements.