Located in Cerro Pachón Chile, the SOAR 4.0 meter telescope enclosure is a unique and cost effective enclosure design. In an effort to minimize weight, the SOAR dome is an insulated fiberglass dome with a steel ring beam and arch girders. This provides a very light weight structure with an up-and-over shutter door system. This type of dome structure along with state of the art dome and shutter bogies and drives makes this facility a one of a kind.
Innovation, and cutting edge design is what makes the SOAR enclosure one of the most unique observatories in the world. Perched high on the Chilean Andes, this facility and its site provide an excellent environment for this 4 meter class telescope.