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ATEO-1

Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-1) Awaiting Clearing Skies. Photo by Caleb Ramer.
Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-1) Awaiting Clearing Skies. Photo by Caleb Ramer.

Insight Observatory proudly houses a 16" Astrograph imaging telescope, designated the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-1), that is hosted by SkyPi Remote Observatory.  This telescope is located at an elevation of 7,778 ft in the dark skies of New Mexico and went online in August 2017. The telescope is accessible remotely via the internet as a rental from classrooms for students, as well as the general public, to conduct astronomical research projects for science education or deep-sky imaging.

Co-Founder and Systems Engineer of Insight Observatory, Muir Evenden, shown with the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-1) installed in SkyPi Remote Observatory Gamma.
Co-Founder and Systems Engineer of Insight Observatory, Muir Evenden, shown with the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-1) installed in SkyPi Remote Observatory Gamma.

Insight Observatory has successfully fulfilled their goals for the installation of the online remote telescope. They have provided the telescope, mounting system, CCD Camera and filter wheel. With the funds obtained from usage, we are able to continue hosting and provide the general maintenance and equipment for the remote robotic telescope system at its hosting site located in New Mexico.

Images Taken with Insight Observatory's Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-1).
Images Taken with Insight Observatory's Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-1).

The images above are a few of the first images ever taken with the 16" f3.75 Dream Astrograph after its installation in May 2017. Although we are currently able to obtain images of these deep-sky objects, this high quality of imaging will also allow student research projects such as extragalactic supernova search, variable star measurement and basic concepts of astronomical imaging; an integral part of Insight Observatory's offered curricula to the secondary school and collegiate level.



What equipment is used to capture the images?

Here are the specifications of our imaging telescope: 
  • Telescope: Dreamscope 16" f/3.7 Astrograph
  • Camera: FLI Proline 16803
  • FLI CFW 4-5 (Baader Luminance (Clear)/Red/Green/Blue/Astrodon V) Filter Wheel
  • Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Guiding Camera
  • Mount: Software Bisque Paramount ME

What is the field of view and orientation of the images?

Captured images have the following specifications:
  • Image size (pixels): 4096 x 4096
  • Angular size (sky coverage): 1° 21' 47" (1.36 x 1.36 degree) 
  • Image scale: 1.2 arcseconds/pixel Orientation: Up is 146 degrees East of North
  • Image mirrored: No

ATEO-1 Imaging Rates:
  • Education: $49.80 USD per Imaging Hour
  • Public: $60.00 USD per Imaging Hour


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For detailed instructions on how to sign up for an ATEO Telescope Portal account and use of the portal, please view our instructional videos here.



If you have any questions regarding the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-1), please Contact Us and we would be more than happy to assist you.