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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 Online 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 recently installed in SkyPi Online Observatories Gamma Observatory.
Co-Founder and Systems Engineer of Insight Observatory, Muir Evenden, shown with the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach recently installed in SkyPi Online Observatories Gamma Observatory.

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

The image above is of the spiral galaxy, M33 in the constellation Triangulum. This image was one of the first ever 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.



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 (Luminance (Clear)/Red/Green/Blue/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



Extended Telescope Plan:

If you would like to use the telescope for any extended period of time (such as for a whole quarter/semester/year), Insight Observatory offers Extended Plan Agreements (EPA). Extended Plan Agreements have a number of advantages including:
  • Try Before You Buy:  Free access to the telescope for a short period of time before committing to any extended term plan. We want you to make an informed decision as to whether the ATEO would be a good fit for your educational needs.

  • Favorable Pricing: Extended plan agreements cost less than the equivalent time booked through the Telescope Portal using the Standard Telescope Plan, advantageous for those schools and institutions with budgets.

  • Guaranteed Reserved Time: Over the entire length of the EUA you would have a designated time slot just for your account. 

Standard Telescope Plan:

If you have a project that may not need the advantage of an extended plan agreement, you may reserve time on the telescope as a "pay per reservation" approach which works as follows:
  • Purchase reservation credits (via PayPal or other arrangements)
  • Reserve a time slot on a specified night 
  • Plan your imaging session



How to Access the Telescope for Educators:

Educators who are interested in using the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO) for their school district or college may register by clicking on the Access Telescope Portal link below.

You will be redirected to the ATEO Portal login page where there is an option to sign up as a new user. After you receive your verification email, please login into the telescope portal and when filling out your personal information select "I am a Student / Educator".

After your account is reviewed by us and activated we will contact you to set up a call for a free consultation on how to use the telescope for your classroom or project.




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