Dome Concordia is a joint project of French and Italian Antarctic research with the participation of the German Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), selected as the most suitable location for extremely high-resolution astronomical observations.
The transparency of the Antarctic atmosphere allows star observations even at an angle of elevation of 38°.
Dome C is one of the coldest places on earth, with temperatures ranging from -35°C in the Antarctic summer to over -80°C in winter. To build an observation dome for such extreme climatic conditions was our most technically challenging project so far, regarding the mechanics and the cold-proof power electronics.
The AllSky Dome is robotically controlled by the AWI from Bremerhaven, Germany.
An altazimuthal mount of 10Micron (AZ 2000) with a temperature resistance of up to -80° C was put into operation as a robotic mount in the dome in the Antarctic summer of 2011.