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ATEO-2

Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-2) 5" f/7 Refractor. Photo by John Evelan.
Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-2) 5" f/7 Refractor. 
Photo by John Evelan - SkyPi Remote Observatory.

Insight Observatory also proudly houses a 5" refractor imaging telescope, designated the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-2), that is also 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 July 2018. 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.

Omega Observatory that houses Insight Observatory's ATEO-2 5" f/7 Williams Optics Refractor imaging system. Photos by John Evelan.
Omega Observatory that houses Insight Observatory's ATEO-2 5" f/7 Williams Optics Refractor imaging system.
Photos by John Evelan - Sky Pi Remote Observatory.

Insight Observatory has recently added this second remote robotic telescope to their network. This imaging system, ATEO-2, is Insight's first affiliate telescope owned and provided by SkyPi Online Observatory Managing Member, John Evelan. John agreed to partner up with Insight Observatory with the intention of providing a remote telescope that compliments ATEO-1. John shares the same visions and philosophies that Insight Observatory has regarding astronomy education outreach to educational institutions and the general public.

Images Taken with Insight Observatory's Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-2).
Images Taken with Insight Observatory's Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-2).

The images above are a few of the first images ever taken with the 5" f/7 Williams Optics refractor after its installation in June 2018. 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 ATEO-2:
  • Williams Optics 132 (5") f/7 FLT apo Refractor
  • Paramount GT100S Equatorial Mount
  • QHY10 One-Shot Color CCD Camera
  • Orion 80 Guide Scope
  • Starlight Xpress Lodestar Guiding Camera

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

Captured images have the following specifications:
  • Image size (pixels): 3900 x 2616
  • Pixel Size: 6.05um
  • Color Method: RGB BAYER film on CCD
  • Max Cooling: -40C below ambient

ATEO-2 Imaging Rates:
  • Education: $29.80 USD per Imaging Hour
  • Public: $40.00 USD per Imaging Hour
**ATEO-2 Not Yet Available on ATEO Portal. ETA December 2018.


For detailed instructions on how to sign up for an ATEO 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-2), please Contact Us and we would be more than happy to assist you.