Remote Internet Telescope Network
SIGMA member Alan Tough is a keen astro-photographer. As well as using SLR cameras he also uses remote telescopes.
Alan has kindly prepared this introduction to using these telescopes.
I’ve been using remote telescopes since December 2013. At that time there was a nice comet on the go, 2013 R1 (Lovejoy), but it was too low down to be seen from the UK. I decided to register with iTelescope.Net and made use of one of their telescopes in New Mexico to successfully image the comet.
Since then, with access to professional-quality equipment, I’ve imaged supernovae, comets and Deep Sky Objects in both northern and southern hemispheres.M16, the Eagle Nebula, imaged using iTelescope T27 in Siding Springs, Australia. Hydrogen Alpha, 3 x 300 Seconds.
If you’re interested in finding out more, have a look at the excellent video tutorials here:
On the BAA website there’s a useful beginner’s guide to using the iTelescope robotic telescope network. It covers: how to register for a free trial, using the ‘Launchpad’ and taking/retrieving images.
Note, however, the imaging cost per hour is now in US Dollars.
iTelescope T12 (Takahashi 106 mm FSQ ED)
at the Siding Spring Observatory, New South Wales, Australia
iTelescope T24 (Planewave 610 mm CDK)
at the Sierra Remote Observatory, Auberry, California
iTelescope.Net has observatories in New Mexico, California, Southern Spain and New South Wales. They offer a range of membership plans to suit your pocket. Details of these can be found here: