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iTelescope.Net is the world’s premier network of Internet connected telescopes, allowing members to take astronomical images of the night sky for the purposes of education, scientific research and astrophotography. (more)

iTelescope.Net is a self-funding, not for profit membership organisation; we exist to benefit our members and the astronomy community. Financial proceeds fund the expansion and growth of the network. iTelescope.Net is run by astronomers for astronomers.

The network is open to the public; anyone can join and become a member including students, amateurs and even professional astronomers.

With 20 telescopes, and observatories located in New Mexico, Australia and Spain, observers are able to follow the night sky around the globe 24x7.

iTelescope.Net puts professional telescopes within the reach of all, with systems ranging from single shot colour telescopes to 700mm (27”) research grade telescopes.

Astronomy Research

Having access to professional telescopes means that doing real science has never been easier – great value for schools, educators, universities, amateur and professional astronomers. (more)

Exo-planets, comets, supernova, quasars, asteroids, binary stars, minor planets, near earth objects and variable stars can all be studied. iTelescope.Net can also send your data directly to AAVSO VPhot server for real-time online photometric analysis.

iTelescope.Net allows you to respond quickly to real-time astronomical phenomena such as supernova and outbursts events, gaining a competitive edge for discoveries. With more than 240 asteroid discoveries iTelescope.Net is ranked within the top 50 observatories in the world by the Minor Planet Center.

Get involved: members have used the network to provide supportive data for go/no-go decisions on Hubble space telescope missions.

Education and Astronomy Schools

With science and numeracy at the forefront of the education revolution, iTelescope.Net provides the tools, along with research and education grants, to support the development of astronomy or science based curriculums in schools. Contact iTelescope.Net about a grant for your school or research project. (more)

Professional observatories use iTelescope.Net to supplement current research projects. The network provides alternate observatory sites in both southern and northern hemispheres and is a good way to continue research when seasonal poor weather hits your observatory.

Sky Tours Live Streams

We offer a variety of ways to view the night sky, including our entry level Sky Tours Live Streams. These weekly streams, hosted by Dr. Christian Sasse, are a great way to get started with Remote Astronomy, allowing you to see our telescopes in action and learn about the Night Sky from a professional Astronomer.

Astrophotography

Take stunning images of the night sky, galaxies, comets and nebula. Have access to the best equipment from the comfort of your computer and without the huge financial and time commitments. (more)

The network has everything from beginner telescopes with single shot colour CCDs to large format CCDs with Ha, SII and OII and LRGB filter sets. Check out the member image gallery – the results speak for themselves.

Depending on your own image processing skills, you can even land yourself a NASA APOD.

How?

All you need is a web browser and an Internet connection; iTelescope.Net takes care of the rest. Our web-based launchpad application provides the real-time status of each telescope on the network as well as a host of other information such as a day-night map, observatory all-sky cameras and weather details. (more)

From the launchpad you can login to any available telescope, and once connected, you’re in command. Watch in real time as the telescope slews, focuses and images your target.

The image files (in FITS format) are then transmitted to a high-speed server ready for your download. All image data taken is your data – iTelescope.Net doesn’t hold any intellectual property rights.

Reserve and schedule observing plans in advance, even have them run while you are away from iTelescope.Net and have the image data waiting for you ready for download.

New and Starting Out?

A number of telescopes are fitted with colour cameras; these systems have been designed for ease of use. It’s as simple as selecting an astronomical target from the menu, watching the telescope image your target, and have the resulting image sent to your email address as a jpeg attachment. (more)

The image file is also sent to our high-speed server and can be downloaded in its raw image format, for post image processing if you want more of a challenge.

Already a Pro?

iTelescope.Net offers a large range of telescopes, fields of view and image scales, and NABG and ABG CCD camera combinations. Select from a large range of filters including narrowband, LRGB and UBVRI, as well as control pointing, filter selection, focusing, exposure times, image counts, repeat loops etc. All data is offered in its raw FITS format calibrated and non-calibrated.

Support and Service

With remote astronomy observing plans can be interrupted from time to time, by clouds, wind gusts and even a rare equipment failure.

iTelescope.Net has you fully covered with our satisfaction guarantee; we will return your points if you are unsatisfied with your results. Help is just a click away. (more)

A dedicated team of professionals are working around the clock to keep the network operating. This includes local ground crews at each observatory, sophisticated monitoring systems and remote observatory administrators monitoring the quality of data coming off the network.

Our dedicated support website allows members to seek answers to frequently asked questions. Formal support can be requested by lodging a support ticket, which can be viewed, tracked and managed through to completion. Go to http://support.itelescope.net or simply email support@itelescope.net.

Our contact details are also available. You can phone or Skype us if you want to speak to a person directly; you can also contact us via Skype instant message, email and fax.

How much does this cost?

Rates vary based on your membership plan and the phase of the moon. Rates start as low as 17 to 100+ points per imaging hour, which is billed per minute of imaging time used; typically one point equals $1. Make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter for special offers. Please visit our pricing page for more information on telescope operating rates. (more)

Each telescope has its imaging hourly rate displayed in real time in the launchpad before you login. At the end of each session you are also sent a detailed usage receipt which includes the costs, weather data, preview jpeg images and your observing session log file.

Membership Plans

We have a range of plans catering for everyone from the amateur to the professional astronomer. Each plan provides unrestricted access to each telescope and includes the plan’s dollar value in points, which is credited to your account each time the membership renews. (more)

Membership plans set the usage rates for each telescope on the network, expressed in points per operating hour. The entry level plans provide maximum flexibility on our single shot colour systems, and the heavy usage plans focus more on the large research grade systems. Memberships start from $19.95 and range to $999.95 per 28 day period.

Additional points can be purchased at any time to supplement your account balance.

Hosting and Affiliates

iTelescope.Net offers a range of telescope hosting solutions to members with special projects, allowing you to host your own telescope at three of our four observatory locations. Conditions and approvals apply. Contact us for more information.(more)

Affiliate membership allows you to connect your own telescope to iTelescope.Net with reasonable rates of return. Limited availability exists and is subject to telescope network balance.

Please contact us for more information.


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Wednesday
Mar062013

iTelescope SSO Australia - Remote Telescope Hosting Services

iTelescope Australia Provides Remote Telescope Hosting at Siding Spring Observatory. Australia's Premier Academic Astronomical Complex.

iTelescope.net are the leaders in remote telescope operations and totally qualified to host, prepare and pamper your valuable remote telescope.

iTelescope currently operates many remote telescope systems around the globe, on three continents, including record breaking, custom made platforms and literally hundreds of thousands of imaging missions on the books.

We have over a decade of proven professional remote telescope experience! We are the world leaders in Web Based Remote Astronomy.

iTelescope provides a remote telescope hosting service within its new Siding Spring Observatory. Your own telescope can explore the skies of the southern hemisphere with iTelescope staff doing all the intricate setup work for you.

Spaces are limited with our observatory already 60% occupied. Available pier slots are limited. Contact us soon for information on how to secure a position within Australia's finest remote observatory.

We have trained staff with very high levels of experience in telescope optics, remote robotic telescope system design, IT computing, application design and development and TCP/IP internet networking. We also have extensive experience with a large range of astronomy vendors, applications and automation.

Overall this places us in the perfect position and location to host your own private telescope system. 

iTelescope can even help you form a partnership to reduce your costs. Share your remote telescope with a friend or we may find a partner from our huge iTelescope membership. 

Dont have a telescope? iTelescope can design and provide you with a ready to go 'turn key' remote telescope solution. Taking full advantage of our close long term relationship to some of astronomies major telescope manufacturers.

Brad Moore is the iTelescope Managing Director and Technical Designer. He is a Telescope-Master and is world renown for his skills in optical train design, remote telescope configuration and commissioning. He and his team will take the worry out of your remote astronomy.

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Requirements for Hosting:

  • Paramount PME / MX or Planewave Ascension 200HR Mounts
  • High Quality OTA - RCOS, Planewave, Takahashi, TeleVue, Meade ACF etc
  • Robofocus, Optec focusing control
  • SBIG, FLI, Apogee CCDs

We provide professional remote telescope services including: 

  • Control Software Integration and Internet connection
  • Precision telescope polar alignment, collimation and optical tuning 

Contact us regarding your own system's compatibility.

The iTelescope Siding Spring Observatory is located within a 'Bortle' light pollution Class 1 zone. It has pristine, dark and clean skies. 

Gegenschein is visible. Zodiacal light is bright. Rising Milkyway confuses some into thinking it's dawn. Limiting magnitude 7.6 to 8.0 for people with exceptional vision. The presence of Jupiter or Venus in the sky seems to degrade dark adaptation. Airglow (a very faint, naturally occurring glow most evident within about 15 degrees of the horizon) is readily apparent. Users of large telescopes are very happy. This is an astronomer's Nirvana!

The new iTelescope Southern Observatory is a high tech structure with room for over a dozen large aperture remote telescopes.

The iTelescope South facility at Siding Spring Observatory features:

  • High speed internet connection
  • Automated Roof control
  • Online Weather & Sky monitoring Systems
  • Over 70% Usable Skies Per Month
  • Federally Protected Dark Sky Environment
  • Enforced 24hr Site Security
  • Excellent Seeing & Moderate Climate (avg 1.5 - 2.5 arc seconds)
  • High resolution color SkyCam & Internal Webcam
  • On Site Support with local workshops
  • Premier Elevation - over 1100m amsl
  • Inclusion within a truly professional astronomy community
  • We operate in a partnership with the ANU Research School of Astrophysics and Astronomy (RSAA

The SSO location is the home for a growing number of iTelescope systems. All connected to our high speed network & available for the world's online astronomy community. 

 

Contact us for more details on remote hosting with iTelescope South.

Sunday
Feb062011

Ian Musgrave on Aussie Radio

Our very own Dr Ian Musgrave iTelescope Sky Alerts writer, Mercury's Sodium tail discoverer etc etc) was a guest on South Australian ABC radio today and spoke to the entire state about happenings in the night skies above.

Ian gave the latest news on exoplanet discoveries and took calls from listeners on subjects like easy astrophotography, variable stars, new satellitesightings and the Moon-Venus pairing as seen from the skies above Australia.

Nice job Ian. We like the pirate beard too.