Memberships and Subscriptions
iTelescope.Net is a membership-based organisation.
You can register for a Demonstration Account by clicking here.
The Demonstration Account is a View Only account that allows you to log into the Launchpad and any of our 19 networked telescopes and view them in action. It does not, however, allow you to take any images on the telescopes.
Imaging and telescope control is limited to our subscription account members.
Upgrade to a Full Service Account
At any stage you can upgrade to a full membership account. Gain complete access to imaging on all telescopes, reservations, offline plan generator, all imaging options, and high speed access to your image data via our Web Based FTP server. As a special "Thank You" for joining our subscription community, we will get you started with a free 40 points!
To upgrade, simply following the instructions in this FAQ.
Exposure Time Only Rates
iTelescope.Net use is based on Actual Exposure Time only. If you want a 5 minute image then your account is only charged for 5 minutes!
Easy Credit Returns
Included is the iTelescope.Net 'self-service' refund and account adjustment portal. As astronomers and imagers we all know that clouds and a gust of wind can spoil your observation session. We have made it easier for members to request a refund for a telescope session. You can now just follow the link from usage receipts or via the account history tab located in the LaunchPad. In most cases credits can be returned to accounts instantly.
iTelescope.Net User Plans include
- Actual Exposure Time only Telescope Rates
- VPhot - Online photometry analysis (AAVSO membership required)
- Reservations - Book the telescope ahead of time
- Online Scripted Plan Authoring
- Launch-a-Plan - Automatically launch your plans anytime
- FTP -Your Data stored for 90 days on iTelescope.Net FTP server
- FTP - Free Calibration Data - Darks, Flat & Bias Included
- Discount Rates and Special Offers
- Moon Discount - up to 50% off your rates
- ‘Points Return System’ Satisfaction Garrantee Support
- Group Accounts for your Organisation
- You have complete Ownership of your Data and Images
How much does membership cost?
We offer a range of plans to cater to the beginner astronomer all the way to the advanced astronomer; plans work as a recurring subscription and are billed every 28 days.
Unused points accumulate each month, additional points can be purchased at any time.
Members have access to the iTelescope "Points Return System" - A fast and easy way for you to get your points back in case of bad weather, user error or system malfunction!
Each plan also comes with a fixed number of points. These points are consumed when you make use of a telescope. Each telescope has a published hourly imaging rate, which is billed per minute of actual imaging time used. To see these rates, click the links in the table below.
Perfect for trying out the full network; gives you full access to all systems.
These plans are optimised around our single-shot colour (T3 & T13), wide-field, astrophotography telescopes (T14,T20 and T12) and smaller aperture monochromatic systems (T5) for the casual astronomer, and they provide full network access.
These advanced plans are dedicated research and astrophotography projects and provide higher levels of discounts across most of the telescope systems on the network.
Our high-end plans greatly reduce rates on all large aperture research telescopes along with the telescope systems located in Spain and Australia. These plans cater to members who require large amounts of observation time for dedicated projects.