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Insight Observatory also proudly offers a 5" refractor deep-sky and an 8" Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain 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 and 2B pictured left with images of M17 - The Omega Nebula imaged on ATEO-2A processed by Utkarsh Mishra and Mars imaged by Raymond Negron with a setup similar to ATEO-2B.

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 the 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: Currently Offline
  • Williams Optics 132 (5") f/5.8 FLT APO Refractor
  • Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount
  • ZWO ASI2600MC Pro Color Camera
  • Stellarvue SV80 80 mm Super ED Refractor Guide Scope
  • Trius SX26 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 8" f/10 Edge HD Schmidt-Cassegrain Imaging System: Currently Offline
  • Celestron 8" Edge HD Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount
  • ZWO ASI183MC Color CCD Camera
  • Optec Focus Lynx Focuser
Celestron 8" Edge HD Schmidt-Cassegrain images have the following specifications:
  • Camera Resolution: 20.18 MP 5496 x 3672
  • Imaging Sensor: Sony 1" IMX183CQJ-J CMOS color
  • Sensor Size: Sensor Size: Diagonal: 15.9mm
  • Pixel Size: 2.4 µm
  • Frames Per Second: ROI: Supported
  • Exposure Range: 32 µs - 2000 seconds

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ATEO-2A Advanced Image Request Rates:
  • Standard: $80.00 USD per imaging hour
  • Education: $64.00 USD per imaging hour
ATEO-2B (Planetary Imaging Only) - Please reference our Planetary Imaging Rates page.

ATEO-2A Image Request Forms:
  • Personal (PIR)$30.00 USD per processed One-Shot Color image of 20 minutes integration time (Unlimited images)
  • 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: $0.05 cents per minute of image set exposure time
  • Education: $0.04 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 and we will be more than happy to assist you.