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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.


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 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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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! Main Belt Comet P/2013 R3 has split!

Main Belt Comet P/2013 R3 in Pisces near Uranus. Click to embiggen.

Main Belt comet P/2013 R3 has been reported to have split into 5 fragments. It is well located jsut 2 degrees from Uranus in Pisces, transiting around 2300. I a day or so the Moonlight will have left it alone for a while.

But it is magnitude 18, so you will need a deep sky scope (like M30 or 31) to image it properly. Split comets are important to observe, espeically the enigmatic main belt comets so it is worth the effort.

MPC one line ephermeris

    PK13R030  2013 08 05.0520  2.201958  0.273684    8.2041  342.6585    0.8977  20131104  14.0  4.0      P/2013 R3 (Catalina-PANSTARRS)



ALERT! Comet 2P/Enke in Outburst!

 2P/Enke as seen from Mayhill at nautical twilight. Thee gey bit is below the horizon, click to embiggen.

Comet  2P/Enke is currently in outburst, at magnitude 8.5. fully 6 magnitudes brighter than predicted. It has even been picked up in the SOHO SWAN images.

The bad news is, it is currently in Coma Bernices, a mere 14 degress above the horizon from Mayhill at nautical twilight, not much better from Nerpio and not at all visible from SS0.

The good news is it should come within the range of T14 in a day or so. A challenging target, but interesting.



ALERT! Comet C/2012 S1 ISON near Mars

Comet C/2012 S1 ISON, Mars and Regulus on the nights of 14-22 October as seen from Mayhill New Mexico. The large rectangle is the field of view of T14 and the smaller rectangle that of T20.

Comet ISON is getting brighter, and over the next few days it is close to Mars and Regulus making a nice composition.

Of course, getting faint ISON without seriously over exposing Mars and Regulus will be a bit tricky, but it will be worth it.

This is a job best suited for T14 adn T20, the wide field instruments. ISON will come within the lower travel limit of these scopes by 5:00 am Mayhill time, although maybe allow a few minutes more to be safe.

Mars and ISON are actually at their closest on the 18th, but the images with regulus in the FOV will be a nicer composition.

(sorry for the lateness of this latest alert, and the Monthly watching page, been with my Mum far from interent connections and my astronomy programs)


ALERT! Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy as seen at astronomical twilight in the morning from the SSO scopes. Click to embiggen.

Terry Lovejoy has done it again, finding his foruth comet, and a bright one at that (or rather it will become a bright one). Currently around magnitude 14 (or maybe a bit brighter) in Monoceros, it will brighten over the next few months to a predicted maximum of magnitude 8 on the 25th of December.

It's early days, but there is some suggestion it might be a gassy comet, and it might possibly get brighter than magnitude 8 (maybe 7).

Close up of  C/2013 R1 Lovejoy as seen from the SSO scopes. The rectangle is the field of view of  the T9 instrument. The comet passes some interesting territory as it brightens.Click to embiggen.

Initially the comet is visible from both the northern and SSO scopes, with the SSO having the best views, as the months progress the northern scopes are  favoured. At its brightest, the comet will only be visible from the northern scopes (and in a very good position for imaging).

SSO iTelescope T17  was invloved in confirming the comet

MPC one line elements for C/2013 R1 Lovejoy
CK13R010  2013 12 25.7887  0.877238  1.000000   63.2668   72.9172   61.9418            10.0  4.0      C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy)

The "comet convoy" as seen from New Mexico at 5:30 am local time on 11 November (ignore the 23:00, on the map, that is ACST)

An interesting feature in the coming months is what Stuart Atkinson calls the "comet convoy". C/2013 R1 Lovejoy, 2P/Enke and 2012 S1 ISON all line up in the evening sky. This will only be seen in the northern hemisphere,  2P/Enke is too low in the southern hemisphere for effective observation during the "convoy" phase of the lineup.

November already promised to be a good month with ISON bright, but with the addition of Lovejoy the 4th it's even better. If ISON survives it's journey round the sun December will be a happy comet hunters month with ISON and Lovejoy passing 8 degrees away on the 20th.