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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 13 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 half metre (20”) 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 any one of our three 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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Thursday
Oct232014

Ribbons, Dedications and Celebrations at iTelescope Siding Spring

During this year's amazing SSO 2014 Starfest & Open Day beginning 3rd of October, iTelescope.Net took the opportunity to invite its friends, contributors and many members to the mountain for two important ceremonies within our flagship observatory.

It was a glorious and sunny Australian weekend that included other important birthdays too. Siding Spring Observatory site itself saw its 50th anniversary, the 4m AAT telescope celebrated 40 years since its first light and the ANU 2.3m telescope has now been operating for 30 productive years as well.

We at iTelescope also had plenty to celebrate and dedicate on the weekend. A wonderful turnout of guests gathered within the largest roll off roof observatory in the world for two important events. Fine champagne and food was enjoyed as we took the opportunity to officially open the iTelescope SSO facility and also dedicate the largest iTelescope system to three important female astronomers.  Dame Jocelyn Bell BurnellAnnie Jump Cannon and Henrietta Swan Leavitt.  Hence, this new instrument has been named 'The BCL T27 Telescope'.

iTelescope kicked the weekend off with a great LIVE webcast featuring iTelescope's own Peter Lake with special guests Dr Pamela Gay, Dr Amanda Bauer and affiliate Neil Shaw. Its well worth watching as our guests discuss the BCL telescope and the role SSO plays in astronomy today.

Friday also saw the iTelescope Observatory quickly fill with guests from far andwide for its two dedications. The SSO iTelescope facility, as mentioned by Managing Director Brad Moore in his welcome address, was due to be officially opened in January 2013, but the tragic and horrible fire storm that swept through the surrounding national park and threatened the observatory itself put those plans on hold. It was thought best to postpone the opening until the whole SSO site was celebrating its 50th anniversary open day. Mr Moore thanked all those involved with the financing, construction and operation of the facility as well as our many friends on the mountain from the ANU-F&S-RSAA and the AAO that have been so generous in their support.

Neil Shaw, iTelescope affiliate and donor of the Planewave CDK700 27" telescope then invited our guests to speak to an excited gathering regarding their thoughts and feelings before the cutting of ribbons began. 

Dr Pamela Gay (SIUE) was our very special guest from across the pond then gave a wonderful talk on the role of the three female astronomers the telescope was dedicated to before she skillfully cut the large red ribbon that officially declared the BCL T27 iTelescope ready to give our thousands of members access to the largest publicly available online telescope in the world.

Dr Amanda Bauer (AAO) an Australian Super Science Fellow was also a delight as she gleefully cut yet another red ribbon draped across the observatory entrance and declared the iTelescope SSO Observatory open for Remote Astronomy! Amanda is a driving force in Australian and international astronomy and is the outreach officer for the Australian Astronomical Observatory  See Video Here

We once again wish to sincerely thank Pamela, Amanda and Neil for giving us their time and being so generous in their words on the day when iTelescope officially presented its SSO observatory and this fabulous telescope to all those that have a hunger to image and investigate the skies of the southern hemisphere above Siding Spring. 

Friday
Sep122014

Dr Pamela Gay - iTelescope's Special Guest at SSO Australia

In October, Dr Pamela Gay is visiting Australia for the dedication of iTelescope.net's Burnell, Cannon, Leavitt (BCL) 27" Telescope, during the Siding Spring StarFest and Open Day on Oct 3rd-5th, and a week of activities in Melbourne from October 7th to 11th 2014.

We are very excited to announce that we are working with Scienceworks and University of Melbourne to put on a brilliant science event for Science Teachers.

On Friday, 10th October, there will be an all day professional development session for Science and Astronomy educators at one of Melbourne's premier science venues - Scienceworks Museum. There will be three sessions covering specific activities, and classroom techniques linked to the Australian Curriculum and the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching. Morning tea and lunch are included and there is included entry to the debut session of the new Planetarium show "Starlight".

One of the sessions will cover how classroom teachers can get access to telescopes for their schools and Scienceworks staff will give an overview of all the science offerings available at the Melbourne Planetarium and  Scienceworks Museum.

If you're a Science Teacher or know a science teacher (please share) - Don't miss this great day with Dr Pamela Gay, Dr Katie Mack and amateur astronomer and IT Industry veteran Peter Lake.

Full details and download of the event flyer are here.

All proceeds raised will go towards curriculum development at Cosmoquest.org.

We wish to thank Scienceworks and University of Melbourne for their assistance and contributions towards the day. It will be a great opportunity to look at all the science programs at the Scienceworks Museum, Melbourne Planetarium and the University of Melbourne's Telescopes in Schools program.

An earlybird booking of only $85 is available until 16th September.

BOOK NOW!!!!

 

Wednesday
Sep032014

Comet Siding Spring - Tours the Southern Skies

As Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring glides towards its encounter with Mars in October, it’s passing by some major deep sky objects in the glorious south celestial sky. iTelescope members weren’t going to let the comet’s picturesque alignments pass without action. 

C/2013 was discovered on 3 January 2013 by Robert H. McNaught at Siding Spring Observatory using the 0.5-meter (20 in) Uppsala Southern Schmidt Telescope.

iTelescope veteran Rolando Ligustri captured this unique portrait using the T12 iTelescope at SSO observatory during the night of August 29th. It shows the rich assemblage of stars and star clusters that comprise the Small Magellanic Cloud, one of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies located 200,000 light years away.

Looking like a fuzzy caterpillar, Siding Spring seems to crawl between the rich swarm called  47 Tucanae, one of the few globular clusters bright enough to see with the naked eye and the SMC. C/2013 A1 is currently circumpolar from many locations south of the equator and visible all night long from our own Siding Spring based iTelescope observatory.

Comet Siding Spring's encounters and path is also further detailed in Ian Musgrave's "SkyAlerts" blog