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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 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.

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 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

Saturday
Apr162016

ALERT! Comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARRS close to M108 (16-20 April)

Chart showing comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARRS close to M108 and the Owl Nebula on 18 April 22:00 (19 April UTC) as seen from Mayhill New Mexico. The large rectangle is the filed of view of T14/20, the small that of T5. Click to embiggen.

While at lot of attention has been focused on the unexpectedly bright comet 252P, and the spectacle of comet 67P going through the Leo Triplet, comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARRS has also been brighter than expected.

Only visible to the northern scopes at the moment, it is passing through Ursa Major and is currently magnitude 10 rather than magnitude 16.

From April the 16th to the 20th (local time Mayhill 17th to 21st UT) the comet will be within T14/T20 range of the magnitude 10 galaxy M108 and the magnitude 10 Owl Nebula. On the 18th it passes between M108 and the Owl Nebula (see chart above).

The low surface brightness of these objects means that longer exposures are needed. However, since the comet is withing scope travel from astronomical twilight to around 3 am there is plenty of time. On the other hand the waxing Moon will interfere until around mid morning.

MPEC one line ephemeris for Comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARRS

CK14S020  2015 12 09.8045  2.100659  0.987636   87.8098    8.1225   64.6704  20160113  10.0  4.0      C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS)

 

Thursday
Mar242016

ALERT! Comet 252P Crosses the Scopion's Tail

The path of Comet 252P as it crosses the tail of Scopio and into Ophiuchus from March 25 to March 30. The large rectangle is the field of view of T12. Click to embiggen.

Comet 252P has passed its closest approach to Earth and from the 25th to 30th March will be in a cluster and nebula rich region in Scorpion's tail and the Ophiuchus. There are so many potential objects that it would take ages to list them, but notably on the 27th the comet is within 2 degrees of the Butterfly cluster (M6) and many smaller ones are closer.

The comet is best visible after 1 am from SSO, and won't really be visible from the northern hemisphere scopes until the 26-27th, at astronomical twilight in the morning.

Unfortunately, the waning Moon is close for most of this time, less than 40 degrees from the 27th, and within T12/14/20 field  of view on the 30th. Narrowband imaging will probably be okay up to 29-31 March, the even though waning the Moon will be sufficiently close to significantly interfere.

Also the comet is still moving fast and you will need to take short images so the stars do not trail too much and ruin the cluster glory. Fortunately the comet is still bright, so short exposures will bring it out.

MPEC one line ephemeris for Comet  P252/ LINEAR

0252P         2016 03 15.2785  0.996073  0.673675  343.2912  190.9811   10.4047  20160113  17.5  4.0   252P/LINEAR

Thursday
Mar172016

ALERT! Nova Oph 2016 in Ophiuchus

Location of Nova Oph 2016, below the tail of the Scorpion, as seen from SSO at 00:30 AEDST.

A new (bright?) nova has been seen in the constellation of Ophiuchus. Onservations in the I band have it around magnitude 8, while in B it is around 14 and 12 in V. B and V magnitudes have faded a bit since discovery.Details of the evolution of the nova, and its discovery are here.

The nova is below the tail of Scorpius, while the field isn't TOO crowded, there will be a lot of stars to get confused with.The nova can been seen from both SSO and northern hemisphere scopes.

The location is R.A. 17 35 50.41  Dec. -29 34 23.8 (J 2000 coordinates)

Telescope field for Nova Oph 2016, using the SSO scope CCD's as exemplars. The large rectangle is the field of view ofT12, the small that of T9. Click to embiggen.

The nova should be high enough to image from 1:00 am until astronomical twilight.

Sunday
Mar132016

ALERT! Comet 67P and the Leo Triplet in Early April

Comet  67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko will be close to the Leo Triplet from around 4-8 April. The image shows the fields of view of T20/12/14 (large rectangle), T5/11 (medium rectangle) and T31 (square). All the others FOV's are too small for a reasonable composition. Click to embiggen.

In early April comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko will be close to the famous Leo Triplet.

This will be a challenging  image to take as comet 67P will be around magnitude 16 at this time, but it is quite historic so worth the effort. The comet is moving slowly so that deep tracking on the comet will not smear the galaxies too much.

A tip of the hat to Stuart Atkinson for alerting me to this.

MPEC one line ephemeris for Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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