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ATEO-2A and ATEO-2B

Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-2A and B) Williams Optics 5" f/5.8 Refractor and Celestron 11" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Remote Imaging Telescopes. Observatory Photos by John Evelan - SkyPi Remote Observatory. M42 - The Orion Nebula  - Imaged by Muir Evenden using the 5" f/7 Refractor.
Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-2A and 2B) Williams Optics 5" f/5.8 Refractor and Celestron 11" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Remote Imaging Telescopes. Observatory Photos by John Evelan - SkyPi Remote Observatory. M42 - The Orion Nebula  - Imaged by Muir Evenden using the 5" f/7 Refractor.

Insight Observatory also proudly offers a 5" refractor deep-sky and an 11" SCT planetary imaging telescope that is mounted tandemly. These two telescopes are designated the Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO-2A and B). This imaging system 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 5" f/7 Williams Optics Refractor (ATEO-2A) Deep-Sky and Celestron 11 f/10 (ATEO-2B) Planetary Imaging Systems. Photos by John Evelan - Sky Pi Remote Observatory.
Omega Observatory that houses Insight Observatory's 5" f/7 Williams Optics Refractor (ATEO-2A) Deep-Sky and Celestron 11 f/10 (ATEO-2B) Planetary Imaging Systems. Photos by John Evelan - Sky Pi Remote Observatory.

ATEO-2A and 2B are Insight Observatory's first affiliate imaging systems owned and provided by SkyPi Remote Observatory Managing Member, John Evelan. John agreed to partner up with Insight Observatory with the intention of providing a remote telescope that compliments remote telescopes ATEO-1 and ATEO-3. John shares the same visions and philosophies that Insight Observatory has regarding astronomy education outreach to educational institutions, the public, and amateur astronomers.

Although we are currently able to obtain amazing images of deep-sky objects with ATEO-2A and the planets with ATEO-2B, this high quality of imaging will also provide students with full capability of participating in research projects. These projects can be extragalactic supernova search, variable star measurement and basic concepts of astronomical imaging.



What equipment is used to capture the images?

Specifications of the ATEO-2A 5" Refractor Imaging System:
  • Williams Optics 132 (5") f/5.8 FLT APO Refractor
  • Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount
  • Starlight Xpress Trius SX-26 Color CCD Camera
  • Orion 80 Guide Scope
  • Starlight Xpress Lodestar Guiding Camera
Williams Optics 5" images have the following specifications:
  • Image size (pixels): 3900 x 2616
  • Pixel Size: 6.05uM x 6.05uM
  • Megapixel: 6
  • CCD Type: Sony ICX493AQA SuperHAD CCD - Bayer RGB matrix
  • Max Cooling: Approximately -35C below ambient


Specifications of the ATEO-2B 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain Imaging System:
  • Celestron 11"  f/10 (APO 2X Barlow Installed)
  • Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount
  • Celestron SKYRIS 236C color CMOS camera
  • Optec Focus Lynx Focuser
  • Celestron SKYRIS 132M Guide Camera
Celestron 11" images have the following specifications:
  • Camera Resolution: 1920 x 1200
  • Imaging Sensor: Sony Exmor" IMX236 CMOS
  • Sensor Size: 5.44mm x 3.42mm
  • Pixel Size: 2.8uM²
  • Frames per Second: Over 200 (60 fps at full frame)
  • Exposure Range: 0.0001 to 10 second



ATEO-2A Image Request Forms:
  • Public (PIR)$10.00 USD per processed One-Shot Color image of 10 minutes integration time (Limited to 1 image per person per month, depending on availability in the telescope imaging queue)
  • Education (EIR)$20.00 USD per processed One-Shot Color image of 20 minutes integration time (Unlimited images)

ATEO-2A and 2B Starbase Dataset Subscriptions:
  • Standard: $0.10 per minute of image set exposure time
  • Education: $0.08 per minute of image set exposure time



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 Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO-2A and ATEO-2B), please Contact Us and we would be more than happy to assist you.