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.
11/22/16 - Added The Astrophysical Journal Letters article on KIC 8462852 to
11/27/16 -The latest updates may be found in the "Observations" section.
12/8/16 - Star list corrections and additions.
12/14/16 - Observation section update; new photomultiplier installation.
12/20/16 - Observation section update; improved search strategy.
12/24/16 - Added ~350 stars w/exoplanets (@<450 ly) to Star Lists.