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 observatory is in a continuous process of development with recent upgrade to a PECL based very high speed detector and improved software.