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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

Entries in alert (154)

Saturday
Jan172015

ALERT! Comet 15P Finlay in Outburst Again

Location of 15P Finlay at astronomical twilight from Mayhill New Mexico. The comet is in Aquarius heading for Piscies.

Comet 15P Finlay appears to be in outburst again , and has been reported to be around magnitude 8, when it's predicted magnitude is 12.5.

A confirmation image indicating it is indeed in outburst again has been obtained by Michael Mattiazzo using iTelescope T5.

At astronomical twilight the comet is 27 degrees above the horizon from New Mexico (similar distances for Spain), and below the travel limit from the SSO scopes.

Location of 15P Finlay at astronomical twilight from Mayhill New Mexico at telescopic scale. The large rectangle is the field of view of T14, the small that of T5, T11 is in-between.

Observations are requested to follow the evolution of this outburst. 

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

 

MPC one line ephemeris:

0015P         2014 12 27.0552  0.975900  0.720183  347.5527   13.7782    6.7990  20141209  12.0  4.0    15P/Finlay

 

Thursday
Dec182014

ALERT! Comet 15P Finlay in Outburst

Location of 15P Finlay at astronomical twilight from the SSO.

Comet 15P Finlay appears to be in outburst, and has been reported to be around magnitude 9, 2.5 mgnitudes brighter than predicted.

Unfortunately, at astronomical twilight the comet s only 13 dgerees above the hroizon from SSO, lower from the northern scopes.

 

MPC 1 line ephemeris.
0015P         2014 12 27.0572  0.975902  0.720184  347.5534   13.7777    6.7990  20141209  12.0  4.0    15P/Finlay


Sunday
Nov092014

ALERT! Comet C/2014 R1 Borisov near M61 and its Supernova

Path of comet C/2014 R1 Borisov and M61 as seen from Mayhill New Mexico. The small rectangle is the field of view of T9, the large the field of view of T14. Click to embiggen.

On 2014 Nov 10 at 22:53 UT comet C/2014 R1 Borisov will be 0° 53' 48"from M61, currenty sporting a nice supernova. This is best seen from the Northern iTelescopes, but still difficult as M61 is just 26 degrees above the horizon at Astronomical twilight in the morning.

The best mornings are on the 10th and 11th, when from Mayhill the comet is 59' from M61. Hat tip to Dídac Mesa Romeu  for the heads up.

 

Monday
Nov032014

ALERT! Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS Brightens, Observations Requested

Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS as seen at 21:00 AEDST from SSO (the current transit time of the comet). The Comet is currently near the Zenith, close to Fomalhaut. The large square is the field of view of T31, and the small square the field of view of T9. Click to embiggen.

Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS is a long period comet that may be come as bright as magnitude 3 on July 6 2015. However, poor viewing geometry means that only the Southern hemisphere see the brightest parts of the comets journey, and then only when it has dimmed substantially from its peak.  However, it will still be at least a bright binocular comet, and should be good in iTelescopes from early August 2015 if its evolution follows the predicted path.

However, the comet has abruptly brightened by around 1.3 magnitudes in CCD images (around magnitude 11.5 at last measurement). Observations are requested to follow the evolution of this outburst. Observations requested by Jakub Cerny

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

The MPC one line ephemeris is:

CK14Q010  2015 07 06.5224  0.314547  0.999722  120.0536    8.7596   43.1096  20141209   8.0  4.0      C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)

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