Obstech is a company formed by professional astronomers and engineers focused in developing technologies for astronomy. We have been working together since 2013. Our main purpose is to become a long term alternative to professional observatories in Chile for middle and small sized telescopes. This company brings together the passion for science, engineering and the love for the stars. Since our beginning we have been working on three different areas:
Observatorio El Sauce is a remote and fully robotic observatory for hosting your telescopes under the best sky in the world. It’s fully functional since 2015
All Sky Cameras
We produce All Sky Cameras for different purposes. We have installed some in important professional observatories as an aid for remote observations
We developed our own Telescope Control System which we have used for robotizing professional scientific telescopes.
Developing this company has been a great journey, get in touch with us and be part of the adventure!
Prof. Andrés Jordán (CSO)
PhD in Astrophysics at Rutgers University (USA). Currently associate professor at the Institute of Astrophysics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His main research lines are the discovery and characterization of exoplanets, and instrumentation with small telescopes. He has published over 145 artciles in ISI journals, with over 8000 citations. He is a key member of the HATSouth project, a global network of completely robotic telescopes with stations in Chile. He is the principal investigator of the CHAT 0.7m telescope, and isa key member of the HATPI project.
Dr. Vincent Suc (CEO)
PhD in Optical Engineering at Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He has developed telescope designs and telescope control systems, which formed a central pillar of his PhD. He moved to Chile to pursue his astronomical interests in 2008, and he is working at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile as a telescope engineer. He also participates in the HATSouth, CHAT and HATPI projects in Las Campanas observatory. Amateur astronomer since he can recall.
He is currently vicepresident of the Sirene astronomical observatory (since 2009), a pioneer in Europe in the hosting of robotic telescopes for amateur astronomers.
Ing. Samuel Ropert (CTO)
Electrical Engineer from Universidad Católica De Chile, specialized in Astroengineering. He participated in the design and construction of a Spectrogrpah for searching exoplanets through radial velocities developed at PUC which is currently installed at La Silla Observatory. Worked with the Radioastronomy group at PUC. He did an Internship at the INAF working with in the Exposure Meter for the ESPRESSO spectrograph. Part of the group which upgraded the 1m telescope in La Silla. He also participates in the HATSouth, CHAT and HATPI projects in Las Campanas observatory.
Samuel is an Obstech partner. He works in the company developing software, hardware and developing the observatory.
Automation Engineer in charge of developing circuit boards, programing microcontrollers, and constructing all the electrical and electronic panels located in the observatory.
Prof. Santiago Royo
PhD in Applied Optics at Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya. Proffessor at UPC where he teaches Optical Metrology, Optical Technology and Ophthalmic Lenses. Founder, part of the directory and Ambassador in Europe.
Ing. Vicente Armstrong
Mechanical Engineer. Works designing and constructing all the mechanical pieces we need for the Observatory. Also, he designed and constructed our AllSky Cameras. Vicente is in charge of our light pollution mitigation program.
Amateur Astronomer in charge of the first line of support at the observatory. He lives 20 kms away from the Observatory. Has plenty of experience with telescopes.
Guard and basic support. Lives beneath the observatory. It’s been a fundamental part in the development of this project.
Administrative in charge of organizing us and providing all the paperwork for