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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 19 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.

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
Jul012015

iTelescope 8 Returns to Siding Spring.

Telescope 8 has been around for a very long while, originally joining us back in the Global Rent-a-Scope days. It has been a long time favourite as a sister system to Telescope 9 and enjoyed a nice run at Siding Spring, capturing some really high quality APOD winning images.

However, when the mount under went refurbishment and with the observatory at Siding Spring filling up, we had to really buckle down and decide how we wanted this classic system to return.

The answer, in the end, was to retire the 12.5" RCOS and ST10-XME CCD, and with the help of T24 Affiliate, John Strong, bring it back as something very new and greatly needed within our lineup of Southern Hemisphere Telescopes!

We are happy to announce that this new and improved Telescope 8 (T8) is now Live!

This new system features a Takahashi FSQ106 EDX mounted on a Paramount ME.  The imaging system is a 4k x 4k resolution  FLI MicroLine 16803 CCD with a nice compliment of 10 Astrodon 50mm square filters, and includes LRBG, Ha, SII, OIII, Near Infrared (NIR) Luminance, and an ExoPlanet filter.

We are very excited to see this system finally come online and we invite every iTelescope member to try this fantastic system out.

Image by G.Lee - T8 - SSO - 30min

Saturday
Jun272015

iTelescope.Net: Outreach in Action!

A couple months ago, we received word from one of our Educational Group Accounts of a project completed by two year 11 students during their own spare time using iTelescope systems.  We are very excited to share some of this wonderful research with you today!

Vina Hing
 and Linh Thuy Nguyen are two students in year 11 at Prairiewood High School in New South Wales who took on a fantastic research project studying the binary system SZ Scl.  They used T9 on the iTelescope.Net Outreach Grant Program to collect photometric observations in B and V during their spare time, of which there is very little for students in year 11.

They then reduced all of their observations using the Vphot system and uploaded all their data to the AAVSO's database.  Using their data, as well as other recent data from the database, they then used Binary Maker 3 software to analyse the system.  Their mentor and supervisor, Giorgio Di Scala, then created his own analysis and the group compared the work to one another, and they found that the analysis was nearly identical, which is an amazing feat for these busy students!

The project was so fantastic, that on 30th of April, Vina and Linh received First prize at SciCon15, a gathering of five schools from the Met South West area created to link the aspiration and scientific genius of students with the opportunities that await them in the world of science.  The Macquarie University Faculty of Science and Engineering awarded a prize valued at $1,000 shared across the 4 prize winners, including Vina and Linh.  They were also granted passes to Questacon Science Centre in Canberra!


We are very happy to have been even a small part of this project, as one of the primary goals of iTelescope has always been to bring individuals access to telescope systems and dark sky sites they would normally be unable to use, and this project was a great example of that ideal being put to fantastic use!

If you would like to read Vina Hing and Linh Thuy Nguyen's Eclipsing Binaries paper, please download the document from our main site!

Friday
Mar062015

iTelescope Siding Spring - Meeting the Demands for Public Astronomy & Science

Our flagship iTelescope facility was approved & construction commenced within the grounds of the Australian National University's Siding Spring Observatory (SSO) during 2012 and was completed in early 2013. Designed and constructed by local engineers from the town of Coonabarabran, it has exceeded all our expectations and performs brilliantly as the world's largest purpose built roll off roof (ROR) observatory. We are all justly proud of our Australian based service.

But here we are only 18 months down the road from its first night open to the southern skies and we find ourselves at maximum capacity. We are full of glorious remote telescopes!

iTelescope.Net provides public access to research grade instruments and our range of sophisticated public telescopes is constantly expanding due to the demands of our ever growing membership, but we also offer our southern, dark sky location to advanced amateurs and international institutions, enabling them to house their own telescope as a hosted imaging system within our facility and this has proved to be a very popular option to those lucky few that got in early. We now have a waiting list for space within our current observatory.

Due to the increasing public demand for more of its 'on demand' telescope systems, iTelescope.Net is initiating an observatory expansion project at SSO and are planning to add more telescopes adjacent to its current structure in the next 12-18 months.  This expanded facility will take the form of either a new ROR observatory similar to the existing building or a tight cluster of up to 6 clamshell domes housing multiple systems and erected as public demand dictates.

We have already found a location for the expansion adjacent to our current observatory and this will greatly simplify construction with our own existing power and communication services only a few meters away.

We will be adding more amazing telescopes for our members to use with this expansion project and we also invite any institutions with a passion for science education to contact us to include and operate your own remote telescope under the pristine and dark night sky of Siding Spring Observatory in Australia.