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ATEO-2A and ATEO-2B

Insight Observatory also proudly offers a 5" refractor deep-sky and a 6" classical Cassegrain reflector 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.

ATEO-2A: 5" f/5.8 refractor remote telescope (upper left) with an image acquired of Messier 33, The Triangulum Galaxy (bottom left). ATEO-2B: 6" f/12 Classical Cassegrain reflector remote telescope (right) specifically configured for planetary imaging.
ATEO-2A: 5" f/5.8 refractor remote telescope (upper left) with an image acquired of Messier 33, The Triangulum Galaxy (bottom left). ATEO-2B: 6" f/12 Classical Cassegrain reflector remote telescope (right) specifically configured for planetary imaging.

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 outlook 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
  • ZWO ASI2600MC Pro Color Camera
  • 61mm Williams Optics APO Guide Scope
  • Starlight Xpress Lodestar Guiding Camera
Williams Optics 5" images have the following specifications:
  • Image size (pixels): 6248 x 4176
  • Pixel Size: 3.76 μm
  • Sensor Size: 23.5 mm x 15.7 mm
  • CCD Type: Sony IMX571 CMOS - Cooled
  • Max Cooling: Approximately -35C below ambient

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Specifications of the ATEO-2B 6" f/12 Classical Cassegrain Reflector Imaging System:
  • GSO Classical Cassegrain Reflector
  • Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount
  • Celestron SKYRIS 236C color CMOS camera
  • Optec Focus Lynx Focuser
  • Starlight Xpress Lodestar Guiding Camera
GSO Classical Cassegrain Reflector" images have the following specifications: - Installation in Progress
  • 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 Imaging Rates:
  • Standard: $65.00 USD per imaging hour
  • Education: $54.00 USD per imaging hour

ATEO-2A Image Request Forms:
  • Personal (PIR)$20.00 USD per processed One-Shot Color image of 10 minutes integration time (Limited to 5 images per person per month, depending on availability in the telescope imaging queue)
  • Education (EIR)$25.00 USD per processed One-Shot Color image of 20 minutes integration time (Unlimited images)

ATEO-2A and 2B Starbase Image Set Subscriptions:
  • Standard: $0.18 cents per minute of image set exposure time
  • Education: $0.15 cents per minute of image set exposure time


If you have any questions regarding the Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO-2A and ATEO-2B), please Contact Us.