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ATEO-3

12.5" f/9 Quasar Ritchey Chretien, ATEO-3, affiliate remote telescope (pictured right) housed in a roll-off observatory at Deep Sky Chile remote telescope hosting facility. Photo by Franck Jobard.

Insight Observatory's affiliate remote telescope designated the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-3) is a 12.5" f/9 (2860mm focal length) Quasar Optics Ritchey Chretien owned and operated by Franck Jobard. This remote telescope is located at an elevation over 5990 ft at Deep Sky Chile remote telescope hosting in the dark skies of the Rio Hurtado Valley in Chile. The telescope is accessible remotely via the internet for conducting astronomical research projects for science education, the general public or accessing image sets from Starbase for image processing.

Deep Sky Chile remote telescope hosting facility, the 12.5" f/9 Quasar Ritchey Chretien telescope (ATEO-3) and M1 - The Crab Nebula imaged by Franck Jobard.
Deep Sky Chile remote telescope hosting facility, the 12.5" f/9 Quasar Ritchey Chretien telescope (ATEO-3) and M1 - The Crab Nebula imaged by Franck Jobard.

With the addition of ATEO-3 to Insight Observatory's network of remote robotic telescopes, we now have the ability to capture many deep-sky gems of the southern hemisphere offering to both educational programs and astronomical image processors.

Images Taken with Insight Observatory's affiliate Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-3).
Images Taken with Insight Observatory's affiliate Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-3).

The images above are just a few images acquired and processed by Franck Jobard with his 12.5" f/9 Quasar Ritchey Chretien remote telescope. This affiliate remote imaging system is a vital component of delivering high-quality data Insight Observatory's education and image processing collaborations. Insight Observatory also offers access to its own remote telescope, ATEO-1, (16" f/3.7 Dream astrograph reflector) and two other affiliate remote telescopes, ATEO-2A (5" f/5.8 Williams Optics Refractor) for deep-sky imaging and ATEO-2B (Celestron 11" f/10) primarily for planetary imaging.


What equipment is used to capture the images?

Here are the specifications of our imaging telescope: 

  • Telescope: 12.5" f/9 Quasar Ritchey Chretien
  • Camera: SBIG STL11000
  • Filters: Astrodon Luminance (Clear)/Red/Green/Blue/H-Alpha 6nm/OIII 3nm)
  • SBIG Adaptive optics guiding
  • Mount: Losmandy Titan

Captured images have the following specifications:
  • Image size (pixels): 4008 x 2672
  • Pixel size: 9 x 9 microns
  • Chip Size: 37.25mm (H) x 25.70mm (V)
  • Detector: Kodak KAI-11000M CCD


ATEO-3 Image Request Forms:
  • Public (PIR)$15.00 USD per processed LRGB image of 11 minutes integration time (Limited to 1 image per person per month, depending on availability in the telescope imaging queue)
  • Education (EIR)$25.00 USD per processed LRGB image of 21 minutes integration time (Unlimited images)

ATEO-3 Starbase Dataset Subscriptions:
  • Standard: $0.15 per minute of image set exposure time
  • Education: $0.12 per minute of image set exposure time


If you have any questions regarding the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-3), please Contact Us and we would be more than happy to assist you.