Updated 5 December 2003
Updated 2 October 2003
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Arriving / Santa Cruz
Flying in to La Palma, one first takes a jet from London or mainland Spain a few hours
over the ocean (and sometimes over Morocco) to Tenerife or Gran Canaria,
and then connects via a small Binter Canarias flight to La Palma.
The views around these volcanic islands protruding steeply from the ocean are spectacular.
La Palma is also known as "La Isla Bonita" and is the steepest island in the world --
so steep that it's thought part of it
someday fall into the ocean and send catastrophic waves to North America.
The island's capital city of Santa Cruz de la Palma,
perennial favourite (target) of pirates.
Hotel Playa Taburiente in Los Cancajos, a four-star seaside resort.
If only observing were like this every night...
Steep coastlines, banana plantations, and black sand beaches...
Views over Puerto de Tazacorte,
from Mirador del Time.
Scenes near Mirador de las Chozas, and
Ermita de la Virgen del Pino.
El Roque de los Muchachos
On top of the world at Roque de los Muchachos,
looking out over Caldera de Taburiente.
This formation is the original namesake for the geological term caldera,
although it's not actually volcanic in origin, but erosional.
The Caldera fills with clouds,
leaving various peaks stranded as islands in a sea of clouds.
Sunrise and sunset. In the first photo, the shadow of the island (the world's steepest)
can be seen in the air and on the cloudtops.
The 2.5-m Isaac Newton Telescope and
1.0-m Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope.
3.6-m Telescopio Nazionale Galileo,
10.4-m Gran Telescopio Canarias,
2.5-m Nordic Optical Telescope,
Dutch Open Telescope,
1-m Swedish Solar Telescope,
2.0-m Liverpool Telescope,
1.2-m Mercator Telescope,
17-m MAGIC Telescope,
The 4.2-meter William Herschel Telescope
(altitude 2300 meters = 7700 ft),
including one photo with the planet Mars(?) shining in the sky.
See also photos
from observing runs with the
Planetary Nebula Spectrograph:
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