The Svetloe Radio Astronomical Observatory was founded in 2000 by the Institute of Applied Astronomy (IAA) as the first station of the Russian VLBI network QUASAR. The sponsoring organization of the project is the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). Svetloe Radio Astronomical Observatory is located near Svetloe village in the Priozersky district of the Leningrad region. The basic instrument of the observatory is a 32-m radio telescope equipped with special technical systems for VLBI observations co-located with GPS/GLONASS/Galileo receivers and an SLR system. A Water Vapor Radiometer (WVR) has operated since 2013. The observatory has been in nomral operation since 1999 and has seen a renovation of the telescope in 2006.

geographic longitude: 29° 46′ 54″
geographic latitude: 60° 31′ 56″
altitude above sea level: 80 m
diameter of telescope: 32 m
 minimum elevation:  -5°

Available observing mode: single dish, Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI).

Frequencies used currently:

Frequency band Observing mode
1380 – 1720 MHz single dish, VLBI
2150 – 2500 MHz single dish, VLBI
4600 – 5100 MHz single dish, VLBI
8180 – 9080 MHz single dish, VLBI
22.02 – 22.52 GHz single dish, VLBI

Research programs: various galactic and extra-galactic programs, Quasar VLBI;


Committee on Radio Astronomy Frequencies