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ATEO-3

ATEO-3: 12.5" f/9 Quasar Ritchey Chretien and images of Doradus 30, The Tarantula Nebula and NGC 253, The Sculptor Galaxy imaged on ATEO-3. Image sets for these deep-sky objects are available in Insight Observatory's Starbase image set repository.
ATEO-3: 12.5" f/9 Quasar Ritchey Chretien and images of Doradus 30, The Tarantula Nebula and NGC 253, The Sculptor Galaxy imaged on ATEO-3. Image sets for these deep-sky objects are available in Insight Observatory's Starbase image set repository.

Notice: Due to COVID-19, ATEO-3 is currently offline and unavailable.

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.

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.

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?

Specifications of the ATEO-3" Ritchey Chretien Imaging System: 

  • 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

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ATEO-3 Imaging Rates:
  • Standard: $70.00 USD per imaging hour
  • Education: $58.00 USD per imaging hour

ATEO-3 Image Request Forms:
  • Personal (PIR)$20.00 USD per processed LRGB image of 11 minutes integration time (Limited to 5 images per person per month, depending on availability in the telescope imaging queue)
  • Education (EIR)$30.00 USD per processed LRGB image of 21 minutes integration time (Unlimited images)
ATEO-3 Starbase Image Set Subscriptions:
  • Standard: $0.20 cents per minute of image set exposure time
  • Education: $0.17 cents 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.