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 newly fabricated 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.
02/22/17 - "New Paradigm" section replaces "Maturation".
03/20/17 - Observations section update. - 2nd Symposium.
04/02/17 - Objects Observed pdf updated.
04/02/17 - Star List corrections and additions (xls and pdf).