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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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Oct122013

Robert Colombari - Astronomy in the Rain

I am Roberto Colombari from Cuneo in Italy, living in Brazil, and I'm a 35 years old telecommunication engineer, graduating at Politecnico of Turin more than 10 years ago.
Immediately after having completed my studies, I started working as a researcher in the Italian national television agency which was directly collaborating with the University. 
This was an excellent experience which gave me the opportunity of refining and getting really into the practice of most of the topics I have been studying during the graduation.
After a year spent as a researcher, I received a great proposal from Accenture which actually is one the biggest players among the consulting companies. 
A very difficult choice in a totally different field of action but at the end of the story I decided to give a big steering to my life and accept the challenge and here we are.
I have spent nearly the next 9 years in consulting companies and nowadays I am deployed on several SAP projects here in Brazil for Techedge, which is a big consulting player in Italy.
I am married and I have 2 lovely children, 3 years and a half and 2 years, who make the life a big challenge every day.

Why Astronomy?

It did not take too much time from the first approach to astronomy and astrophotography.
The very first times I started thinking to the sky has been approximately 3 and a half years ago. 
It was May 2010 and I was at the client side here in Brazil, Belo Horizonte: the sky was so clear when getting out of the work every day with a very bright Venus that I have been really impressed.
So, firstly, I bought a Celestron 4GT just for visual observations and some Webcam shots of planets and then, at the end of 2011, I made the big leap and bought a deep sky equipment and started capturing the sky. What I really love is wide fields while, on the other side, I am not too much into long focal lengths, but never say never! 
The main location from which I make my session, besides iTelescope, is my countryside property 150km from Belo Horizonte in the southern sky which has indeed unique and fantastic beauties!

Why iTelescope?

In my opinion having a wife and very young children actually does not sit too well with an assiduous hobby like astrophotography unless you live in a location in which you have the chance to install a fixed setup. But this is not my case, unfortunately!
Taking all the equipment and moving 150km far away every Saturday or Sunday requires approximately 7/8 hours for an overall session of just a couple of hours. And what about if it gets cloudy or if issues occur?
In addition, here in the south of Brazil, the raining season is pretty well defined: 6/7 months of clouds and rain from September to March, seemingly constant rain.
iTelescope gave me the great opportunity of continuing what I like to do without impacting to much with my private life and work stuff!

My works with iTelescope

Since September 2013, when I registered into the site, I have been pretty active in producing images using iTelescope facilities.
As written above, I love wide fields so my favourite scopes are T14, T20, T12 and sometimes T16.
The first work I did with itelescope has been M33 with T16, in early September. I was really at the beginning in all senses: first time on iTelescope and first time with CCD, in my own set up I use a DSLR.
My third work with iTelescope, the Pleiades done with T14, won unexpectedly a NASA APOD.
I was so excited that I couldn't believe it!  
Also my fifth work, Bubble and M52 with T16, won yet another APOD!
In these last 6/7 days, I have been working hard over a pretty nice field of view with my friend Federico using iTelescope: Orion and IC434 with T20 and T12.
We are nearly finished, with just some close ups on the horse head and flame with the larger iTelescopes yet to be captured!
Ciao!!