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Insight Observatory - Online Remote Telescope Services

Insight Observatory provides online remote telescope services for educational outreach, research, and astrophotography from remote observatories around the world at locations in the dark skies of New Mexico - the USA, the Río Hurtado Valley - Chile, Nerpio - Spain, and Hakos, Namibia - Southern Africa.

Over the past few decades, the emergence of remotely controlled robotic observatories has opened up endless possibilities. This technology can be utilized 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 remote imaging with our internet portal, the remote telescopes are currently accessible to students, faculty, and amateur astronomers for research and astrophotography. Currently, Insight Observatory houses a 16" f/3.7 Dream astrograph reflector telescope hosted at SkyPi Remote Observatory located at an elevation of 7,780' in New Mexico. This imaging system is designated the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-1) that went online in the summer of 2017.

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.

Insight Observatory announced the addition of its 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, Chile. These remote robotic telescopes are available as imaging options on our Public Image Request (PIR) and Educational Image Request (EIR) forms.



Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard imaged on AFIL-5 (top), affiliate remote telescopes - AFIL-5 - 200mm f/3 Veloce AT (bottom-top left), AFIL-3 - 20" f/6.7 Dall-Kirkham (bottom left), and IC 2944 - The Running Chicken Nebula imaged on ATEO-3. Image sets are available on Starbase.
Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard imaged on AFIL-5 (top), affiliate remote telescopes - AFIL-5 - 200mm f/3 Veloce AT (bottom-top left), AFIL-3 - 20" f/6.7 Dall-Kirkham (bottom left), and IC 2944 - The Running Chicken Nebula imaged on ATEO-3. Image sets are available on Starbase.

If you are only interested in downloading image sets of deep-sky objects for processing rather than gathering data yourself, Insight Observatory provides an image set subscription service designated "Starbase".  Starbase is a repository of images captured by the Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO) and affiliate remote telescopes (AFIL), organized by the image target into image “sets”. These image sets can be purchased (referred to as “subscribing”) and downloaded. Once an image set is subscribed to, it is permanently accessible to the subscriber.

As we populate our image sets in Starbase, you may request an image set via our "Advanced Image Request" application on the ATEO Portal. Your image set request will be evaluated and if approved, added to Starbase for subscribing as soon as the object has been imaged.

Proceeds from Starbase help immensely with funding our remote telescope project to make it available for educational programs all around the world.



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.

5th, 8th and 12th-grade students utilizing the ATEO remote telescopes via Insight Observatory's online Educational Image Request (EIR) form for their research and classroom projects.
5th, 8th, and 12th-grade students utilizing the ATEO remote telescopes via Insight Observatory's online Educational Image Request (EIR) form for their research and classroom projects.

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