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.
Please visit the "Observations" section for the latest updates (3/6/18).
"Is Amateur OS Viable?" updated 1/29/18.
"Author's Bio" updated 2/2/18.
"Objects Observed" updated 3/16/18.
"Observations" with report on PECL detector board, updated 3/27/17.