OAdM - Montsec Observatory
The Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec is a scientific infrastructure managed by the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC). It is the most important facility for astronomical research in Catalonia and one of the most advanced in the Europe.
It is located in the Montsec mountains, 50 km north of the city of Lleida, in the municipality of Sant Esteve de la Sarga and near Ager, in the Catalan pre-Pyrenees. This area is recognized as one of the most suitable of the European continent for astronomical observation, thanks to the combination of weather conditions and the low effect of light pollution. It has, undoubtedly, exceptional skies.
The astronomical equipment includes, among others, the Joan Oró telescope, 80 cm in diameter, which belongs to the Generalitat de Catalunya and is managed by the IEEC, and an All-Sky camera designed to detect fireballs and meteorites crossing the Earth orbit. Both instruments are controlled remotely from the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC).
The Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec also includes the Fabra-ROA Montsec telescope and the XO-Montsec telescope.