About the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
CFHT is a joint facility of:
The CFH observatory hosts a world-class, 3.6 meter optical/infrared
telescope. The observatory is located atop the summit of Mauna Kea, a
4200 meter, dormant volcano located on the island of Hawaii. The CFH
Telescope became operational in 1979. The mission of CFHT is to provide
for its user community a versatile and state-of-the-art astronomical
observing facility which is well matched to the scientific goals of that
community and which fully exploits the potential of the Mauna Kea site.
The Observatory headquarters are located in Waimea (also known as
Kamuela by the Post Office), where CFHT has been part of the community
since 1977. Waimea is a small country town of 6,000 nested at 2,500 feet
in the saddle between the Mauna Kea dormant volcano and the Kohala
mountains. Named by the 2000 Robb Report as one of the 10 most desirable
places to live in the United States, it has retained its 150-year old Paniolo
(cowboy) culture but also offers many conveniences of modern life. Along
with its green pastures grazed by cows, horses, sheep, and goats, Waimea hosts excellent schools,
a modern hospital, the
Kahilu Theater, shopping
centers, over a dozen restaurants, and more!
More technical details on the telescope itself may be found in the CFHT Observatory Manual.