The work on photographic astrometry in Bolivia begun in 1983, when an expeditional astrograph was put there (D=23 cm, F=230 cm, working field of 4°x4°). The main purpose of the observations with this telescope is extending the inertial coordinate system to different classes of stars. For this purpose we have carried out and are currently carrying out the following observational astrometric programs:
1. The preliminary catalog of precise positions of 200 000 southern stars to mag 11 with declination in the range from 0° to −90° was created. Each star was observed four times with displacement of the photoplate by 2° in δ and by 8 secδ in α. The exposure time is from 4 to 12 minutes. The accuracy of the preliminary catalog is ±0.247 arcsec and the final one is ±0.15 arcsec.
2. We are not far from finishing the work on a catalog of 1900 bright stars (−90° < δ; 0°, m ≥ 6.05). Each star was observed not less than 2 times for different positions of a special filter which diminished the light of bright stars.
3. The work on astrometry of equatorial stars to mag 12 in the range of declination from −20° to +20° was begun. From the beginning of the observations on 1 May 1987, 1150 astroplates were obtained. On the whole it is necessary to obtain 3840 photoplates. All three programs use the reference catalog SRS, compiled by Pulkovo and Washington astronomers, in the FK5 system.