Users of the CFHT

The CFHT is mainly used by Canadian and French astronomers as well as by astronomers affiliated with University of Hawaii.

  • Canadian astronomers belong to CASCA, the Canadian Astronomical Society/Société Canadienne d'astronomie. On that website can be found a list of Canadian Astronomy Sites, including Canadian Astronomy/Physics Departments and Canadian Observatories .

  • In France, the Société Française d'astronomie et d'astrophysique is an association of people working in astronomy. Its website lists French observatories and research institutes and government agencies which deal with astronomy in France.

  • The Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii has faculty and staff members who conduct research in various fields of astronomy, are involved in astronomy education, and in the development and management of the observatories on Haleakala and Mauna Kea.

  • In addition to these users, CFHT is currently open for use by the astronomers of three nations:

  • Tawainese astronomers have access through a continuing collaboration on CFHT's new generation of instruments that started with WIRCam. The Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics is CFHT's main partner, but Taiwanese universities are also participating in this collaboration. The current collaboration runs up to the end of 2013.
  • Since mid-2009, Brazilian astronomers have access through a 3-year collaboration between CFHT and the Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica.

  • China's access to CFHT is starting in mid-2011, thanks to a collaborative agreement between CFHT and the National Astronomical Observatory of China (NAOC) (Beijing).

  • Through its French connection, CFHT is also open for a few nights a year to the European astronomers through the OPTICON Trans-national Access Programme.