Mamalluca Observatory

Name:The name is taken from the same mountain where it is placed the observatory, the Cerro Mamalluca. In Quechua language  Wamakk or Wama means “strange thing, or uncommon thing” and lluchka means “blurry”.

Location: 9 km northeast from the city of Vicuña at 1.100 meters above the sea level. It is 71 to the east of La Serena.

Description: Everything started in 1995 as a new school project that took shape and that finally opened in 1998 thanks to the contributions of the National Foundation for Art and Culture (FONDART), the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory, which donated the telescope, the company Capel and the city of Vicuña.

Equipment: Four 16″ telescopes, three 12″ telescopes and a 12″ Meade telescope LX200.

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