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    The Fuxian Solar Observatory is situated on the shores of Fuxian Lake, a body of water located on the Yungui Plateau, 70km away from Kunming, at latitude 24 34 48N, longitude 102 57 01E, elevation 1720m, enjoying over 2200 hours of sunlight per year. The station is a subsidiary of Yunnan Observatories. 

    The main instrument hosted by the station is the New Vacuum Solar Telescope (NVST), a 1m IR solar observation telescope. The main science mission of NVST consists of obtaining high-resolution images and spectra of the sun at wavelengths ranging from 0.3 to 2.5 micrometers, for the purposes of studying the fine structures of solar magnetic fields, and evolutionary processes in high temporal and spatial resolution. The NVST is an altazimuth telescope with a 1200mm vacuum seal and an effective aperture of 980mm, effective field observation of 3 arcmins, focal length of 45m. It incorporates many new technologies, such as the Multi-channel High Resolution Imaging System, the multiband spectrograph, the large dispersion spectrograph, a polarimeter and an adaptive optics system. 

    How to get here: 

    For tourists: Take a bus from Kunming to the town of Chengjiang. The bus ride should take about 1.5 hours. 

    For researchers: Log on to, and state the arrival time of your flight. The rest will be taken care of by our support staff. 

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