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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.

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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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iTelescope South - Siding Spring Observatory

News & Updates Regarding the Australian iTelescope Site. 

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Entries in remote telescopes (3)

Tuesday
Dec252012

First Light for iTelescope SSO

We finally have a roof that will roll off under power, and we could not wait to get things rolling either!

Under less than perfect skies we got to work on the configuring the telescopes already installed and had a pleasant surprise. After the careful pre-alignment process as the piers and telescope were installed during the past few weeks, the actual polar alignment was very close and target stars appeared in the fields of view the very first time!

T12 was the first system to receive adjustments to its PME mount, with only minor azimuth movements needing to be made. None in altitude! Its was stunning and we saved much time. Passing cloud became an issue sadly and we managed to get a preliminary focus configuration done before the weather set in and the roof had to be closed for safety. Christmas eve night saw several heavy summer storms pass over Siding Spring Mountain.

We did however manage to test T12 on its first 'slew to target' before we packed up. Shown here is the dramatic nebula NGC2070, The Tarantula Nebula. A fast 60 second shot through passing cloud. Its only the first of countless images that the iTelescope membership will soon be gathering under the southern skies of iTelescope Australia!

 

Thursday
Jan192012

T30 Telescope Arrives

iTelescope's first delivery to Siding Spring has been highly anticipated by all involved in the Southern Observatory project. Today was the day.

Following its long flight half way across our planet from the Planewave facility in California and then a long 500km road haul from Sydney Australia, the two large crates (400kg) containing the T30 20" (.51m) OTA and its superbly matched Ascension 200 mount made a soft landing at the iTelescope HQ on top of the mountain.

All going as planned T30 should see first light sometime in March or April 2012.  Note 4m AAT telescope's dome in background.

T30 carefully unloaded and ready for storage until setup its sheduled - ANU-SSO staff lending a helping hand with lifting gear and extra muscle. Our thanks to all.

Tuesday
Jan032012

iTelescope.Net - Australian Telescope Systems Confirmed

As work continues in Australia on the construction of the new iTelescope.Net Southern Observatory, we are pleased to announce some of the telescopes to be installed at the site during October 2012.

The new observatory will be able house up to 16 fully remote telescopes, many are to be 'hosted' telescopes used by dedicated astronomers and institutions from around the world. But of course we will have a wide selection of research grade telescope platforms for the iTelescope members to choose from.

Some are familiar to experienced iTelescope users, but there will also be some new telescopes awaiting installation into the large roll off observatory on top of Siding Spring mountain.

Along with the current Australian systems based in southern Australia T12 (FSQ-ED Takahashi) and T9 (317mm RCOS), 2012 will see the return of T13 and T8. But will also feature the new T30.

T13 is a Takahashi Sky90 which will be teamed up with an SBIG ST2000XMC color CCD camera. T13 will provide amazing wide angle images of the southern skies in full color. It will be the southern skies outreach telescope and be available to the general public. 

T8 is a veteran RCOS 12.5" (317mm) reflector fitted with an SBIG STL11000M CCD. It will be a pure imaging system fitted with a full house of imaging filters including narrow band and LRGB. 

T30 will be a major itelescope in the southern observatory. Its a Planewave 20" (510mm) CDK reflector and be equiped with an FLI 6303 CCD with Photometric and imaging filters.

T17 has been relocated from Nerpio, Spain to Australia as well.  It should be installed by late 2012. It will have a full tune-up and optimization.  It is expected that this amazing Telescope will have its original FLI Proline 'Extended Red Sensitive' CCD fitted.

T17 in its FLI Proline configuration is the current distance record holder for amateur telescopes.

PLUS - TWO NEW LARGE aperture telescopes are also sheduled for installation into iTelescope SSO during late 2012 or early 2013. More details Soon!