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Bringing the Universe to Your Classroom!

Online Remote Robotic Telescopes for Educational Outreach

Insight Observatory specializes in Astronomy Education Outreach for Schools, the General Public, and Amateur Astronomers utilizing online Internet remote robotic telescopes.

Over the past few decades, the emergence of remotely controlled robotic observatories has opened up endless possibilities. This technology is used for astronomy education in our public schools, universities, and from our own homes.

As the managing members of Sublime Skies, LLC DBA Insight Observatory, we are excited about these new developments and this brings us to the mission of Insight Observatory:

ATEO-1: 16" Astrograph Imaging Telescope with its images of M45, The Pleiades and Messier 20, the Trifid Nebula.
ATEO-1: 16" Astrograph Imaging Telescope with its images of M45, The Pleiades and Messier 20, the Trifid Nebula.

Providing remotely controlled (via our internet portal) robotic imaging, our telescopes are hosted at SkyPi Remote Observatory located at an elevation of 7,778 ft in the dark skies of western New Mexico. These telescopes are currently accessible to students, faculty and amateur astronomers for research or deep-sky imaging. Currently, Insight Observatory houses a 16" reflector telescope designated the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-1) that went online in the summer of 2017. ATEO-2A and 2B is a tandem imaging system consisting of a 5" refractor and an 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain, dedicated to planetary imaging. These remote imaging telescopes are now available as imaging options on our Public Image Request (PIR) and Educational Image Request (EIR) forms. ATEO-2A and 2B are scheduled to be accessed via the ATEO Portal within the next couple of months.

If you are only interested in downloading datasets of deep-sky objects for processing rather than acquiring data yourself, Insight Observatory currently is developing a subscription service called "Starbase". This subscription service for deep-sky datasets will be available via the ATEO remote telescope access portal within the next couple of months. In the meantime, as we build our subscription datasets, you may contact us to request "Datasets on Demand". Your requested data will be delivered to you as well as added to the "Starbase" database when published. Dataset subscription rates are only $60.00 USD (Public) and $48.00 USD (Education) for 10 hours of deep-sky data integration from ATEO-1 and ATEO-2A/2B.

ATEO-2A: 5" Refractor and ATEO-2B: 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain Imaging Telescopes with M42, The Orion Nebula imaged with ATEO-2A and Omega Observatory located at SkyPi Remote Observatory that houses ATEO-2A and ATEO-2B at Sunrise.
ATEO-2A: 5" Refractor and ATEO-2B: 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain Imaging Telescopes with M42, The Orion Nebula imaged with ATEO-2A and Omega Observatory located at SkyPi Remote Observatory that houses ATEO-2A and ATEO-2B at Sunrise.

The name, 'Insight Observatory', was given to the project, as it seemed to be an appropriate designation. The name is relative to its mission: providing insight, to students and the general public, by exposing them to the science of Astronomy, and the research projects that are available for them to participate in, and, possibly, contribute to a discovery.

Students Submitting and Presenting Image Requests using Insight Observatory's Education Image Request Form (EIR).
Students Submitting and Presenting Image Requests using Insight Observatory's Education Image Request Form (EIR).

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