IAO Visit

Prof Rajesh Dubey visited Asia’s highest and world’s second highest optical and IR astronomical telescope in Hanle, Leh, Ladakh; situated near Indo-China border. It is also known with popular name- HCT Himalyan Chandra Telescope.

The 2-m Himalayan Chandra Telescope (HCT) at the Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO), Mt. Saraswati, Digpa-ratsa Ri, Hanle at an altitude of 4500 m (15000 ft) above msl is operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore. It is remotely operated using a dedicated satellite communication link from the Centre for Research & Education in Science & Technology (CREST), Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Hosakote, about 35 km northeast of Bangalore. The Himalayan Faint Object Spectrograph Camera (HFOSC) and the Near-infrared camera are available for regular observations.