In Chile, the Russian astronomers have agreed to modernize the Soviet telescope mounted in the Andes back in the 1960s and still maintaining performance.
Bright, dvuhmeniskovy astrograph AZT-16 is still in working order in the Chilean Observatory of Cerro El Roble 100 km from the Chilean capital, said Deputy Director of the Central (Pulkovo) Astronomical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Devjatkin.
"I am surprised that the Chilean side has retained the performance of the telescope, — he said. — We have decided together with Chileans to its modernization and automation to subsequently operate it via the Internet. "
The representative of the Russian observatory said that the Chilean astronomers are literally in love with this telescope. At one time they even set it on the plate, preserved up to now, which states that it is "the best Maksutov telescope on Earth and in the solar system."
Russian expert said that now needs to change its motors, electronics, matobespechenie. He stressed that "this experience we have, we have upgraded the two telescopes," one of which was also created by Dmitry Maksutov — famous Soviet scientist, an expert in the field of astronomical optics.