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Online Remote Robotic Telescopes for Educational Outreach

Insight Observatory specializes in Astronomy Education Outreach for Schools, Science, 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" Dream astrograph reflector with an image of M63 - The Sunflower Galaxy imaged by Utkarsh Mishra and Gamma Observatory that houses ATEO-1 at SkyPi Remote Observatory.
ATEO-1: 16" Dream astrograph reflector with an image of M63 - The Sunflower Galaxy imaged by Utkarsh Mishra and Gamma Observatory that houses ATEO-1 at SkyPi Remote Observatory.

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" f/3.7 Dream astrograph 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" f/5.8 Williams Optics APO refractor and a Celestron 11" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain, dedicated to planetary imaging. Insight Observatory was excited to announce the addition of its third affiliate remote telescope ATEO-3 in September 2019. ATEO-3 is a Quasar 12.5" f/9 Ritchey Chretien remote imaging system located in the dark skies of the Rio Hurtado Valley in Chile. These remote robotic telescopes are available as imaging options on our Public Image Request (PIR) and Educational Image Request (EIR) forms. 


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.

If you are only interested in downloading datasets of deep-sky objects for processing rather than gathering data yourself, Insight Observatory now has a subscription service called "Starbase". This subscription service for deep-sky image sets is accessible thru the ATEO Portal. As we populate our image sets in Starbase, you may contact us to request an image set via our "Datasets on Demand" form. Your dataset request will be evaluated and added to the Starbase for subscribing as soon as the object has been imaged. Dataset subscription rates are only $0.10 USD (Standard) and $0.08 USD (Education) per minute of deep-sky data integration from ATEO-1 and ATEO-2A. Deep-sky data integration from ATEO-3 is $0.15 USD (Standard) and $0.12 USD (Education).

ATEO-3: Quasar 12.5" Ritchey Chretien with an image of NGC 2264 - Christmas Tree Cluster imaged by Franck Jobard and the Remote Observatories at Deep Sky Chile.
ATEO-3: Quasar 12.5" Ritchey Chretien with an image of NGC 2264 - Christmas Tree Cluster imaged by Franck Jobard and the Remote Observatories at Deep Sky Chile.

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 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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