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Longitude: 66° 53' 47''
Latitude: 38° 40' 22''
Altitude: 2593 m
Phone: +998 95 5050683
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Phone: +998 95 1423358
Phone: +998 95 1773116
Host institution: UBAI
33 Astronomicheskaya str.,
Tashkent, 100052, Uzbekistan
Phone: +998 71 2358102
Fax: +998 71 2344867
Maidanak astronomical observatory (MAO) is an observational facility of the Ulugh Beg Astronomical Institute (UBAI), Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences. UBAI is located in a city of Tashkent - the capital of Uzbekistan, and served as a headquarters of the MAO. Maidanak is located at the south-east of the Republic of Uzbekistan at a distance of about 500 km from Tashkent and 120 km south of famous historical city of Samarkand.

Maidanak observatory is unique due to its geographical location at the mid distance between the world main astronomical facilities at the Canaries and the Hawaii as well as to its high quality atmospheric conditions (astroclimate). The total amount of clear night time is 2000 hours with median seeing of 0.70 arcsec. It makes Maidanak a very useful and critical site for various observing programs required continuous monitoring of astrophysical objects.

Since 1996 MAO has been involved to a number of international observational and research programs. The work is carrying out in frame of bilateral agreements between UBAI and Russian, Ukrainian, US, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Taiwan and some other astronomical institutions.

Since the number of MAO partners by the 2005 is sufficiently increased a real need on coordinating of programs and efforts of different organizations on MAO activity was erected. At 2009 Maidanak Users community was established on the first (inaugural) meeting in Seoul, Korea. 2nd Maidanak Users meeting was organized in Tashkent and Maidanak observatory. 3rd meeting was held in Tokyo, Japan at the beginning of 2012.

Today MAO became a real international organization whose scientific activity and priority topics selected on the base of coordination by Maidanak Users community. The community also play important role on providing MAO with instrumentation and upgrading the telescopes. It also provides support for renewal its infrastructure.

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