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Center for Astronomical Adaptive Optics (CAAO)

Since 1994, CAAO manages a variety of adaptive optics related efforts being undertaken at Steward Observatory. All of our large telescopes (MMT, Magellan, and LBT) now have adaptive secondary mirrors that feed high resolution instrumentation. For more information visit the CAAO website.

Technical Manager, CAAO: Manny Montoya

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Find telescopes and instruments, telescope time applications, staff and mountain contacts, and faculty and staff scientific interests.