The Calar Alto Observatory: current status and future instrumentation

Barrado, D.; Thiele, U.; Aceituno, J.; Pedraz, S.; Sánchez, S. F.; Aguirre, A.; Alises, M.; Bergond, G.; Galadí, D.; Guijarro, A.; Hoyo, F.; Mast, D.; Montoya, L.; Sengupta, Ch.; de Guindos, E.; Solano, E. 
Highlights of Spanish Astrophysics VI, Proceedings of the IX Scientific Meeting of the Spanish Astronomical Society (SEA), held in Madrid, September 13 - 17, 2010, Eds.: M. R. Zapatero Osorio, J. Gorgas, J. Maíz Apellániz, J. R. Pardo, and A. Gil de Paz., p. 637-646


The Calar Alto Observatory, located at 2168 m height above the sea level in continental Europe, holds a significant number of astronomical telescopes and experiments, covering a large range of the electromagnetic domain, from gamma-ray to near-infrared. It is a very well characterized site, with excellent logistics. Its main telescopes includes a large suite of instruments. At the present time, new instruments, namely CAFE, PANIC and Carmenes, are under development. We are also planning a new operational scheme in order to optimize the observatory resources.