zjudracula wrote:Then in comparison with University of Heidelberg? (Very near Max Planck)
In regards to the field of instrumentation (as this was the convo I had with my professor), the German, Canadian and other systems tend to work as giant projects. So usually people are a small part of a subsystem of a much larger subject - at least in the instrumentation field. That's where individual universities in the US would be more preferable if you wished to work on more aspects of a project that a sole university may work on constructing the whole thing. Max Planck, BC, Victoria are all very good places for astronomy - I'm sure someone else could expand on the non-instrumentation side of those places.