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Bringing the Universe to Classrooms
and Homes around the World!

What's New at Insight Observatory...

Reduced Starbase Image Set Repository Rates!

Image sets from all 3 Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO) are now ONLY $0.05 USD (cents) per imaging minute for Standard and $0.04 USD (cents) for Educational subscribers.

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Testimonials

Insight Observatory Education Images

Read what Insight Observatory's ATEO Remote Robotic Telescope Network users, educators, and dataset subscribers are saying about us...



"For a number of years, I was wondering on how to image those beautiful Deep Sky Objects visible from the northern hemisphere and all the thoughts become reality when I saw the Insight Observatory project. All of a sudden I found the answer, I could request a remote capture of images of those objects with equipment, which I didn’t know before, the Dream Astrograph. The telescope is just amazing, the quality of the images are astonishing, excellent resolution, crystal clear details of stars and nebulae, just unbelievable, and all that a very affordable cost.

The relationship between diameter and focal length of the astrograph is ideal to get a very nice FOV, and you can capture more than one object if you like, or wider objects without any problem. However a telescope is just an object without a team that operate it, and that is another brilliant aspect of Insight Observatory, one can interact and give different coordinates, not just the name of the object, so the capture you want is optimized in the FOV (Of course, you have to be certain of what you are requesting). I have been a user of a few remote facilities and Insight Observatory I guarantee that in quality and service is second to none.

Finally, last but not least, you contribute to a very interesting education initiative for kids, so school teachers and students can also have access to a very interesting and motivating subject, from astronomy to image analysis, all at the same place."


Claudio Tenreiro
Industrial Technologies Department
Faculty of Engineering, University of Talca
Curicó, Chile



"Congratulations on your splendid work in the educational sector around the world! I became hooked by astronomy at age of 10 when I saw my first really dark sky (and unfortunately my last till now). So, I processed some of my own images and as I live in a very light-polluted area, I have been doing some processing with image data from the Hubble, Liverpool, and Subaru Telescopes. I recently processed the Horsehead Nebula using your amazing ATEO-1 LRGB subframes! You are amazing!!"

Daniel Nobre
Image Processor São Paulo, Brazil



"Having access to the Insight Observatory's remote telescope network provided a more tangible quality for our students. Astronomy can sometimes feel like a very distant science because it is after all, however, collaborating with Insight Observatory for our virtual summer program helped to make it seem a bit closer. Everyone was absolutely blown away by the images from the remote telescopes when we unveiled them to the group!"

Mr. Michael Prince
Program Director - 21st CCLC KMS & WWMS
Middletown Public Schools, CT




"For some time I have looked for an avenue to allow me to get photographs of many of the wonders of our universe. I learned of Insight Observatory from a fellow astrophysicist and jumped into their telescope program and with a little bit of help from Mike set up some targets to look at and get pictures. The setup is quite easy to use once you understand the jargon of the astronomy world. I have taken a few pictures now and the quality of the color prints is outstanding. In a few months, they will be introducing a new wide aperture telescope for planetary observation. My true interest is the moon and Mars where I want to look at the terrains for astronaut landing. It's well worth one's time to use this site for your telescope use."

Mr. Charles Weaver
Retired Astrophysicist, Leesburg, VA



"Eureka!” moments, are those crystallizing moments that resonate with students when they view the universe in a totally new light. The Insight Observatory educational outreach program provided my 94 senior Astro Junkies with astrophotography “eureka moment” experience that they will remember for many years to come. The quality and variety of the celestial images captured, coupled with the excellent direction and support from Mike Petrasko, was truly impressive. This educational program not only inspired students to investigate the nighttime sky, but it also opened up their minds to ponder more deeply the size, scale, structure, and beauty of the cosmos. It was the perfect addition to the Barnstable High School astronomy curriculum--the students loved it!"

Mr. Michael Gyra
Astronomy Teacher, Barnstable High School, MA



"I thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with Insight Observatory at the Blake Planetarium in Plymouth, MA! Insight Observatory brings outer space to the classroom in a fun and meaningful way. By taking images of deep space objects with Insight Observatory’s remote telescopes, students compare objects inside our galaxy to those beyond to learn about nebulae, star cycles, galaxies, globular clusters, repeated patterns in nature and our place in space."

Ms. Monica Arés
Facebook Education



"Working with Insight Observatory was like a dream come true! Last year I was searching for some remote observatories with affordable rates. Then one day I noticed Mr Petrasko's post that he has a platform by which remote imaging can be done! I quickly contacted him and talked about data sets! For a few months, I imaged by purchasing points and captured many objects under pristine dark skies of New Mexico with their amazing high-quality setup! I have imaged and used many observatories but none could give such affordable rates considering the equipment there. Their customer service is totally unmatched! Instant support and replies from the team! Very professional! I am now a "Starbase" data subscriber as I access their super quality data remotely sitting at a desktop computer."

Utkarsh Mirash
Lucknow, India



"Working with Mr. Petrasko and Insight Observatory was such a thrilling experience for me and my students! To put the ability to photograph galaxies right in my student's hands was a truly memorable and exciting experience. My students loved learning using technology and applying it to a situation beyond the classroom."

Mrs. Kellianne Bonfilio
Teacher, Plymouth Community Intermediate School, Plymouth, MA



"Last year, the Insight Observatory presented me with an opportunity that my students will remember for a lifetime. These scholars were able to remotely instruct a deep space telescope to photograph various nebulas, galaxies, and star clusters of their choosing. The results were stunning high-resolution images that the students proudly presented to their peers. Mike Petrasko, partnering with Steve Davies of the Blake Planetarium, helped to make this a defining moment in these students’ education that I believe they will reference and draw from for many years to come. I would like to thank Insight Observatory and the Blake Planetarium for helping make the school year that much better. I recommend any teacher looking for a memorable way to teach about our universe to work with Insight Observatory."

Mr. Aaron Daniels
Science Teacher, Plymouth Community Intermediate School, Plymouth, MA



"My fifth-grade class was thrilled to participate in the Insight Observatory activity. They were offered the opportunity to receive images via a remote telescope in New Mexico. They chose which deep-sky objects that would be photographed, which included nebulae, galaxies, and supernova remnants. While waiting for their images, they researched their choices and were very excited when the images arrived. It was a motivating and exciting project!"

Ms. Christine DeSantis
5th-Grade Teacher, Plymouth South Elementary School, Plymouth, MA