Have you ever thought about buying a telescope but it was too expensive, you do not enough space, it’s not dark enough in the backyard, or you are not sure how to use one? Or maybe you have a telescope but would like to be able to take some images, but not sure how to get started as well as all of the above. Well iTelescope.net is a great way to use some amazing telescopes remotely in the dark skies of Siding Springs Observatory and many other locations.
Here is Peter Lake with some more on iTelescope.net:
iTelescope.net is a membership based community of amateur astronomers who have built and use a fleet of amazing telescopes remotely over the internet.
In Corporate IT the current mantra is “the internet of things” or IoT. That is: remote sensing, automated infrastructure management, ubiquitous access and “always-on” connected services. There is no finer case study than iTelescope.net.
With over 12,000 people on the mailing list and over 500 monthly observers, iTelescope.net members have access to a broad range of telescopes, cameras and filters for subscription plans as low as $40-$90 per month.
Imagine participating in a science mission, loading an observation plan, heading off to bed and then downloading your data in the morning from the Qantas Club (because you are flying off somewhere) and submitting your observation to the AAVSO or Minor Planet Centre. True story!
iTelescope.net members have won the prestigious Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) submissions 38 times, have made over 85 asteroid discoveries in the past two years, perform urgent follow-ups for the Minor Planet Centre, regularly contribute to AAVSO research, and collaborate with professional astronomers regularly.
With over 40 telescopes and cameras, 390 filters, the “network” stores over 6,000 dark frames, 3,000 Bias frames, 12,000 Flats frames in order to automatically calibrate over 72,000 images per month.
Up to 15 observers typically use each telescope every dark night, with some of the telescopes doing 80 hours of research, science and astrophotography every month.
Located at some of the world’s great dark-sky-sites, iTelescope.net covers a “follow-the-night” operation at 4 observatories across three continents. Onsite staff provide rapid response times and excellent support.
iTelescope.net works with a dozen high schools and more than 25 Universities around the world with an Education plan making it easy for the emerging generation young astronomers gain access to high quality telescopes.
As an entirely not-for-profit self-funded, community based organization iTelescope.net leads the world in innovation, IoT, and collaborative astronomy.
Peter from iTelescope.net has been helping out with the festival and will have a table set up on the Scienceworks Lower Ground Floor with more information, demonstrations and some Google goggles to view the Siding Springs site with Virtual Reality.