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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.

Insight Observatory has successfully fulfilled its 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.

ATEO-1: 16" f/3.7 astrograph reflector remote telescope with its images acquired of Messier 63, The Sunflower Galaxy and Messier 16, The Eagle Nebula. Image sets for these deep-sky objects are available in Insight Observatory's Starbase image set repository.
ATEO-1: 16" f/3.7 astrograph reflector remote telescope with its images acquired of Messier 63, The Sunflower Galaxy and Messier 16, The Eagle Nebula. Image sets for these deep-sky objects are available in Insight Observatory's Starbase image set repository.

The images above of Messier 63 and Messier 16 were recently taken with the 16" f3.75 Dream astrograph  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. Insight Observatory also offers three other affiliate remote telescopes... ATEO-2A (5" f/5.8 Williams Optics Refractor) for deep-sky imaging,  ATEO-2B (Celestron 11" f/10) primarily for planetary imaging also located at SkyPi remote Observatory, and ATEO-3 (Quasar Optics Ritchey Chretien 12.5" f/9) also for deep-sky imaging located at an elevation over 5990 ft at Deep Sky Chile remote telescope hosting in the dark skies of the Rio Hurtado Valley in Chile.


What equipment is used to capture the images?

Specifications of the ATEO-1" Astrograph Reflector Imaging System:  
  • Telescope: Dreamscope 16" f/3.7 Astrograph Reflector
  • Camera: FLI Proline 16803
  • FLI CFW 4-5 (Baader Luminance (Clear)/Red/Green/Blue/H-Alpha) 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

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ATEO-1 Imaging Rates:
  • Standard: $60.00 USD per imaging hour
  • Education: $49.80 USD per imaging hour

ATEO-1 Image Request Forms:
  • Personal (PIR)$10.00 USD per processed LRGB image of 11 minutes total integration time (Limited to 5 images per person per month, depending on availability in the telescope imaging queue)
  • Education (EIR)$20.00 USD per processed LRGB image of 21 minutes total integration time (Unlimited images)

ATEO-1 Starbase Image Set Subscriptions:
  • Standard: $0.10 cents per minute of image set exposure time
  • Education: $0.08 cents per minute of image set exposure time


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.