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.


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.


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 or simply email

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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Sky Alerts

Dr Ian Musgrave  - iTelescope Science Advisor

An avid amateur astronomer, Ian writes the weekly sky updates for ABC Radio Science and is science adviser to iTelescope. When not staring at the sky he is an equally enthusiastic molecular pharmacologist at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

You can follow Ian Musgrave on his Astroblog for daily posts about astronomy, biology and life, the Universe and everything.

"Over at Astroblog I largely guide people to the view of the sky as seen with the unaided eye. But I’m also an iTelescope.Net user, and I’m very honoured to have been invited to highlight some of the interesting objects that can be seen through the iTelescopes.

While many people are familiar with the larger, more glamorous objects in the night sky that make good iTelescope targets, there are a host of lesser known, interesting objects that are well worth chasing such as fast moving Near Earth Objects, Novae and Comets."  Twitter @ianmusgrave


ALERT! Bright Nova in Sagittarius (again!), Observation Resquested.

Chart of the location of the bright nova recently reported in Sagittarius as seen from the SSO scopes. The nova is just above the "spout" of the teapot of Sagittarius. Click to embiggen.

The nova is best seen from the SSO observatories from around astronomical twilight in the evening, when it is 30 degrees above the horizon, and for about half an hour more.  The nova is imageable  from the northern hemisphere scopes at astronomical twilight (24 degrees above the horizon). The nova should be reasonably recognisable in a field of relatively dimmer stars, not far from globular cluster Djorg 2.

This is the third bright nova reported in Sagittarius. It is currently around magnitude 9 and may possibly brighten further.

Nova Sagittarii 2015 Number 3 = PNV J18033275-2816054. Its location is (J 2000.0): R.A. 18 03 32.70 Dec. -28 16 05.7. The AAVSO alert is here

Please report magnitude and any spectra to the AAVSO, see this link for information:

Tip of the hat to Patrick Schmeer


Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko - Observations Requested to Support Rosetta Imaging 

View of the region around 67P from New Mexico, the large rectangle is the field of view of T5, the smaller T17 (click to embiggen).

Via Colin Snodgrass

This week Rosetta is performing an 'excursion', when it will reach approximately 1500km from the nucleus in the sunward direction, in order to investigate the magnetic field interactions on larger scales (the bow shock).

Deep observations of the comet are requested by the Rosetta science team, as it is one of the few times that Rosetta is far enough from the comet that it is in the coma region resolved from Earth. Maximum distance is reached on Oct 1. RBV filtered images would be good to help determine dust production and correlate with Rosetta observations.

Unfortunately comet 67P is low in the morning sky, and only observable from the northern hemisphere scopes. At Astronomical twilight the comet is only 31 degrees above the horizon,  and observations are only feasible from around a half hour beforehand (depending on scope travel).

Also, over the next few days the waning Moon will make imaging this faint visitor difficult (the comet is currently around magnitude 13).

The comet is in a modrerately crowded field near the Sickle of Leo, which may make finding it difficult with shorter exposures.

The MPC one line ephemeris is

0067P         2015 08 13.0843  1.243263  0.640872   12.7960   50.1355    7.0402  20150806  11.0  4.0    67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko


ALERT! Comet 29P in Outburst, Observations Requested

Comet 29P as seen at Astronomical twilight in the evening from the Siding Spring Observatory. Click to embiggen.

Jean-François Soulier reports  on comets ML that comet 29P has undergone an out burst, going from magnitude 18 to magnitude 17 and a significant coma expansion.

The comet is at the Scorpius Sagittarius border, not far from M19.

The MPC one line ephemeris is
0029P 2019 04 04.8131 5.761153 0.041659 49.8027 312.4086 9.3771 20150627 4.0 4.0 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Observations are requested to follow the evolution of this outburst, especially over the next few days to follow the brightness evolution and  the coma expansion. 

Please pass any observations on to comets-ml, comet-obs or the Comet Observation Database.

High resolution chart of 29P, the large rectangle is the FOV of T12 and the small that of T9. Click to embiggen


Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko at Perihelion August 13 - Observations Requested

Comet 67P as seen at Astronomical Twilight in the eastern morning sky from MayHill New Mexico, the comet is passing through Gemini. (click to embiggen).

Comet 67, currently being orbited by the Rosetta spacecraft is coming to perihelion on August the 13th (UT).

Observations from amateur astronomers of the comet during pre-perihelion, perihelion and post-perihelion are requested to compliment the observations made by the spacecraft.


 View of the region around 67P from New Mexico, the rectangle is the field of view of T5 (click to embiggen).

Deep observations of the comet are requested, RBV filtered images would be good to help determine dust production and correlate with Rosetta observations.

Unfortunately comet 67P is very low in the morning sky, and only observable from the northern hemisphere scopes. At Astronomical twilight the comet is only 20 degrees above the horizon, around the limit of travel of many of the scopes.

Also, over the next few days the waning Moon will make imaging this faint visitor difficult (the comet is currently around magnitude 13 and may brighten to magnitude 12).

The comet is in a reasonably crowded field, which may make finding it difficult with shorter exposures.

The comet is near the magnitude 5.1 open cluster M35 on the 8th, and the open cluster Cr89 on the 10th.