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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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Memberships and Subscriptions

iTelescope.Net is a membership-based organisation.

You can register for a Demonstration Account by clicking here.

Demonstration Accounts

The Demonstration Account is a View Only account that allows you to log into the Launchpad and any of our 19 networked telescopes and view them in action. It does not, however, allow you to take any images on the telescopes.  

Imaging and telescope control is limited to our subscription account members.

Upgrade to a Full Service Account

At any stage you can upgrade to a full membership account. Gain complete access to imaging on all telescopes, reservations, offline plan generator, all imaging options, and high speed access to your image data via our Web Based FTP server.  As a special "Thank You" for joining our subscription community, we will get you started with a free 40 points!

To upgrade, simply following the instructions in this FAQ.

Exposure Time Only Rates

iTelescope.Net use is based on Actual Exposure Time only. If you want a 5 minute image then your account is only charged for 5 minutes!

Easy Credit Returns

Included is the iTelescope.Net 'self-service' refund and account adjustment portal. As astronomers and imagers we all know that clouds and a gust of wind can spoil your observation session. We have made it easier for members to request a refund for a telescope session. You can now just follow the link from usage receipts or via the account history tab located in the LaunchPad. In most cases credits can be returned to accounts instantly.

iTelescope.Net User Plans include

  • Actual Exposure Time only Telescope Rates
  • VPhot - Online photometry analysis  (AAVSO membership required)
  • Reservations - Book the telescope ahead of time
  • Online Scripted Plan Authoring
  • Launch-a-Plan - Automatically launch your plans anytime
  • FTP -Your Data stored for 90 days on iTelescope.Net FTP server
  • FTP - Free Calibration Data - Darks, Flat & Bias Included
  • Discount Rates and Special Offers
  • Moon Discount - up to 50% off your rates
  • ‘Points Return System’ Satisfaction Garrantee Support
  • Group Accounts for your Organisation
  • You have complete Ownership of your Data and Images

How much does membership cost?

We offer a range of plans to cater to the beginner astronomer all the way to the advanced astronomer; plans work as a recurring subscription and are billed every 28 days.

You can cancel, upgrade, and downgrade your plan at any stage--you are always in complete control of your account.

Unused points accumulate each month, additional points can be purchased at any time.

Members have access to the iTelescope "Points Return System" -  A fast and easy way for you to get your points back in case of bad weather, user error or system malfunction! 

Each plan also comes with a fixed number of points. These points are consumed when you make use of a telescope. Each telescope has a published hourly imaging rate, which is billed per minute of actual imaging time used. To see these rates, click the links in the table below.

Membership
Plan

Recurring Fee
28-Days

Included
Points



Starter-Trial $19.95 USD 20

Perfect for trying out the full network; gives you full access to all systems.


Plan-40 $39.95 USD 40
Plan-90 $89.95 USD 90

These plans are optimised around our single-shot colour (T3 & T13), wide-field, astrophotography telescopes (T14,T20 and T12) and smaller aperture monochromatic systems (T5) for the casual astronomer, and they provide full network access.

Plan-160 $159.95 USD 160
Plan-290 $289.95 USD 290

These advanced plans are dedicated research and astrophotography projects and provide higher levels of discounts across most of the telescope systems on the network.

Plan-490 $489.95 USD 490
Plan-1000 $999.95 USD 1000

Our high-end plans greatly reduce rates on all large aperture research telescopes along with the telescope systems located in Spain and Australia. These plans cater to members who require large amounts of observation time for dedicated projects.