PlanetQuest Telescopes

Southern Hemisphere

2.5-meter PlanetQuest Telescope(s)

PlanetQuest is planning to build at least one 2.5-meter wide-angle reflecting telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) dedicated to monitoring the 170 million stars (cataloged by the OGLE project) in the direction of the Galactic center in Sagittarius and the 30 million additional stars in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds that can be measured with sufficient photometric precision to detect the larger terrestrial planets around the smallest stars. Precision photometry should be able to reach 21st magnitude, allowing the majority of stars to be K and M dwarfs.