iTelescope Siding Spring - Meeting the Demands for Public Astronomy & Science
Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:46AM
Pete - Admin in Astronomy, Australia, Science, Siding Spring, Telescope Hosting, expansion, remote telescope

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.

Article originally appeared on Remote Internet Telescope Network - Online Imaging & Telescope Hosting Service (http://www.itelescope.net/).
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