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the International Astronomy Olympiad:
Special Astrophysical Observatory of Russian Academy of Sciences is the Russia's main center for ground-based observational astronomy.
We suggest a 5-day tour before or after conferences. It will include:
Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Special Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) is the ground-based astronomical research center responsible for operating the optical telescope BTA (Big Telescope Alt-azimuthal) with a 6 meter primary mirror diameter and the radio telescope RATAN-600 with the 600 meter antenna diameter.
The Observatory is located in the South of Russia, in the Caucasus mountains of Karachaevo-Cherkesia. The optical telescopes (BTA, 1 meter and 0.6 meter primary mirror diameters telescopes) are located on the spurs of Pastukhov Mt. at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level. The radio telescope RATAN-600 is mounted at the southern outskirts of Zelenchukskaya village at an altitude of 970 meters.
The region of Karachai-Cherkessia is quite safe and quiet.
Our nearest airport is Mineralnye Vody which is 2 hours of flight from Moscow and 2,5 hours of flight from St.Petersburg. We meet you in Min.Vody airport with our car or bus. The way from airport to SAO takes 3.5 - 4 hours.
There are two hotels with comfortable double and single rooms.
Tourist views of SAO can be seen at http://www.sao.ru/~tns/tourism/tourism.html
|Contact addresses:||Tatyana N.Sokolova
SAO RAS, Nizhny Arkhyz,
fax: 7 901 498 2931