Insight Observatory is creating the Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO)
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Become a patron of Insight Observatory today and receive FREE Telescope Time for supporting the Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO).


ATEO-1: 16" Astrograph Imaging Telescope with its images acquired of M31, The Andromeda Galaxy and Barnard 33, the Horsehead Nebula.

As the Project Developers of Insight Observatory, we understand the importance of hands-on participation in science education as it is a crucial component in developing a student's interest. It can be especially difficult in the science of astronomy: access to telescopes and clear skies for observing can be very limited or even non-existent for most students. Our goal is to provide to students the tools necessary for astronomy education, discovery and research utilizing remote robotic telescopes.


ATEO-2: 5" Williams Optics 132 FLT APO Refractor and Celestron 11 Planetary Imaging Telescope with M42, the Orion Nebula imaged on the ATEO-2 5" Refractor.

In this way, we can enable them to participate, experience the thrill and excitement of scientific discovery. Students will have the ability to participate in many projects utilizing  Insight Observatory that will literally "open their eyes" to the wonders of our universe without having to leave the classroom.  All data gathered by the remote robotic telescopes that Insight Observatory utilizes is easily accessible via the internet to be used within the current science curricula. 


5th and 11th Grade Students from Plymouth, MA utilizing ATEO-1 via Insight Observatory's online access portal for their research projects.

Insight Observatory retains an education status for use of a third-party remote robotic telescope network that allows telescope usage to remain affordable. However, by having their own remote robotic telescope network, the telescope use will be even more affordable allowing schools and the general public the chance to participate in real astronomy research as well as imaging the night sky.  A few project examples that Insight Observatory has participated in with students utilizing online remote robotic telescopes were  "The Galaxy Project - What Lies Beyond Our Stars""The Summer Milky Way Project""The Winter Milky Way Project", and  "The Awesomeness of the Universe".


IC 405 - The Flaming Star Nebula Imaged through the ATEO - Image by
Insight Observatory.


Insight Observatory now proudly houses a 16" f/3.7 Dream Astrograph reflector imaging telescope, named the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-1) and a 5" f/7 Williams Optics FLT apo refractor imaging telescope (ATEO-2) hosted with  SkyPi Remote Observatory located at an elevation of 7,778 ft in the dark skies of New Mexico. Public access to the telescope is now readily available via an online access portal for educators, students, and the general public.

The ATEO-1 remote robotic telescope is a 16" f/3.7 Dreamscope Astrograph Reflector mounted on a Software Bisque Paramount ME equipped with the following:

  • Telescope: Dreamscope 16" f/3.7 Astrograph Reflector
  • Camera: FLI Proline 16803
  • FLI CFW 4-5 (Baader Luminance (Clear)/Red/Green/Blue/Astrodon V) Filter Wheel
  • Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Guiding Camera
  • Mount: Software Bisque Paramount ME

16" f/3.7 Astrograph Reflector images have the following specifications:
  • Image size (pixels): 4096 x 4096
  • Angular size (sky coverage): 1° 21' 47" (1.36 x 1.36 degree)
  • Image scale: 1.2 arcseconds/pixel Orientation: Up is 146 degrees East of North
  • Image mirrored: No

The ATEO-2 remote robotic telescope is a 5" f/7 Williams Optics FLT apo refractor mounted to a Paramount GT100S Equatorial Mount equipped with the following:

Specifications of the ATEO-2 5" Refractor Imaging System:
  • Williams Optics 132 (5") f/7 FLT APO Refractor
  • Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount
  • Starlight Xpress SXVR-M25C Colour CCD Camera
  • Orion 80 Guide Scope
  • Starlight Xpress Lodestar Guiding Camera

Williams Optics 5" images have the following specifications:

  • Image size (pixels): 3024x2016
  • Pixel Size: 7.8uM
  • Megapixel: 6
  • CCD Type: Bayer Matrix
  • Max Cooling: -30C below ambient

Specifications of the ATEO-2 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain Imaging System:
  • Celestron 11" f/10 (APO 2X Barlow Installed)
  • Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount
  • Celestron SKYRIS 236C color CMOS camera
  • Optec Focus Lynx Focuser
  • Celestron SKYRIS 132M Guide Camera

Celestron 11" images have the following specifications:

  • Camera Resolution: 1920x1200
  • Imaging Sensor: Sony Exmor" IMX236 CMOS
  • Sensor Size: 5.44mm x 3.42mm
  • Pixel Size: 2.8uM²
  • Frames per Second: Over 200 (60 fps at full frame)
  • Exposure Range: 0.0001 to 10 second

Currently, our efforts are focused on acquiring funds necessary to continue covering the hosting and maintenance fees at the telescope's hosting site located in New Mexico as well as additional necessary imaging accessories.
Tiers
ATEO Bronze Contributor
$1 or more per month
With this amount, patrons will be listed on the "Our Sponsors" page as an "ATEO Bronze Contributor" on the Insight Observatory website as appreciation for their ongoing monthly support. - Image above of the Cocoon Nebula (IC 5146) taken with the ATEO-1.
ATEO Silver Contributor
$3 or more per month
With this amount, patrons will be listed on the "Our Sponsors" page as an "ATEO Silver Contributor" on the Insight Observatory website as appreciation for their ongoing monthly support.  - Image above of the Crab Nebula (Messier 1) taken with the ATEO-1. 
ATEO Gold Contributor
$5 or more per month
With this amount, patrons will be listed on the "Our Sponsors" page as an "ATEO Gold Contributor" on the Insight Observatory website as appreciation for their ongoing monthly support.  - Image above of the Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946) taken with the ATEO-1. 
ATEO Platinum Contributor
$10 or more per month
With this amount, patrons will be listed on the "Our Sponsors" page as an "ATEO Supporter" on the Insight Observatory website as appreciation for their ongoing monthly support.  - Image above of the Orion Nebula (Messier 42) taken with the ATEO-1. 
ATEO Silver Sponsor
$25 or more per month
This extremely generous level of support allows you to have 2 hours per month on the ATEO Remote Telescope for ONLY $25.00 ($120.00 Value).  - Image above of the Western Veil Nebula (NGC 6946) taken with the ATEO-1.  
ATEO Gold Sponsor
$50 or more per month
This extremely generous level of support allows you to have 4 hours per month on the ATEO Remote Telescope for ONLY $50.00 ($240.00 Value).  - Image above of the California Nebula (NGC 1499) taken with the ATEO-1. 
ATEO Platinum Sponsor
$100 or more per month
This extremely generous level of support allows you to have 8 hours per month on the ATEO Remote Telescope for ONLY $100.00 ($480.00 Value).   - Image above of the Triangulum Galaxy (Messier 33) taken with the ATEO-1.  
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This level of support covers the costs of the monthly hosting and maintenance fees for the Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO) located in the dark skies of New Mexico.

Additionally, this support will allow the staff at Insight Observatory to continue maintaining and updating the remote telescope's online access portal.
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Become a patron of Insight Observatory today and receive FREE Telescope Time for supporting the Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO).


ATEO-1: 16" Astrograph Imaging Telescope with its images acquired of M31, The Andromeda Galaxy and Barnard 33, the Horsehead Nebula.

As the Project Developers of Insight Observatory, we understand the importance of hands-on participation in science education as it is a crucial component in developing a student's interest. It can be especially difficult in the science of astronomy: access to telescopes and clear skies for observing can be very limited or even non-existent for most students. Our goal is to provide to students the tools necessary for astronomy education, discovery and research utilizing remote robotic telescopes.


ATEO-2: 5" Williams Optics 132 FLT APO Refractor and Celestron 11 Planetary Imaging Telescope with M42, the Orion Nebula imaged on the ATEO-2 5" Refractor.

In this way, we can enable them to participate, experience the thrill and excitement of scientific discovery. Students will have the ability to participate in many projects utilizing  Insight Observatory that will literally "open their eyes" to the wonders of our universe without having to leave the classroom.  All data gathered by the remote robotic telescopes that Insight Observatory utilizes is easily accessible via the internet to be used within the current science curricula. 


5th and 11th Grade Students from Plymouth, MA utilizing ATEO-1 via Insight Observatory's online access portal for their research projects.

Insight Observatory retains an education status for use of a third-party remote robotic telescope network that allows telescope usage to remain affordable. However, by having their own remote robotic telescope network, the telescope use will be even more affordable allowing schools and the general public the chance to participate in real astronomy research as well as imaging the night sky.  A few project examples that Insight Observatory has participated in with students utilizing online remote robotic telescopes were  "The Galaxy Project - What Lies Beyond Our Stars""The Summer Milky Way Project""The Winter Milky Way Project", and  "The Awesomeness of the Universe".


IC 405 - The Flaming Star Nebula Imaged through the ATEO - Image by
Insight Observatory.


Insight Observatory now proudly houses a 16" f/3.7 Dream Astrograph reflector imaging telescope, named the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-1) and a 5" f/7 Williams Optics FLT apo refractor imaging telescope (ATEO-2) hosted with  SkyPi Remote Observatory located at an elevation of 7,778 ft in the dark skies of New Mexico. Public access to the telescope is now readily available via an online access portal for educators, students, and the general public.

The ATEO-1 remote robotic telescope is a 16" f/3.7 Dreamscope Astrograph Reflector mounted on a Software Bisque Paramount ME equipped with the following:

  • Telescope: Dreamscope 16" f/3.7 Astrograph Reflector
  • Camera: FLI Proline 16803
  • FLI CFW 4-5 (Baader Luminance (Clear)/Red/Green/Blue/Astrodon V) Filter Wheel
  • Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Guiding Camera
  • Mount: Software Bisque Paramount ME

16" f/3.7 Astrograph Reflector images have the following specifications:
  • Image size (pixels): 4096 x 4096
  • Angular size (sky coverage): 1° 21' 47" (1.36 x 1.36 degree)
  • Image scale: 1.2 arcseconds/pixel Orientation: Up is 146 degrees East of North
  • Image mirrored: No

The ATEO-2 remote robotic telescope is a 5" f/7 Williams Optics FLT apo refractor mounted to a Paramount GT100S Equatorial Mount equipped with the following:

Specifications of the ATEO-2 5" Refractor Imaging System:
  • Williams Optics 132 (5") f/7 FLT APO Refractor
  • Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount
  • Starlight Xpress SXVR-M25C Colour CCD Camera
  • Orion 80 Guide Scope
  • Starlight Xpress Lodestar Guiding Camera

Williams Optics 5" images have the following specifications:

  • Image size (pixels): 3024x2016
  • Pixel Size: 7.8uM
  • Megapixel: 6
  • CCD Type: Bayer Matrix
  • Max Cooling: -30C below ambient

Specifications of the ATEO-2 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain Imaging System:
  • Celestron 11" f/10 (APO 2X Barlow Installed)
  • Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount
  • Celestron SKYRIS 236C color CMOS camera
  • Optec Focus Lynx Focuser
  • Celestron SKYRIS 132M Guide Camera

Celestron 11" images have the following specifications:

  • Camera Resolution: 1920x1200
  • Imaging Sensor: Sony Exmor" IMX236 CMOS
  • Sensor Size: 5.44mm x 3.42mm
  • Pixel Size: 2.8uM²
  • Frames per Second: Over 200 (60 fps at full frame)
  • Exposure Range: 0.0001 to 10 second

Currently, our efforts are focused on acquiring funds necessary to continue covering the hosting and maintenance fees at the telescope's hosting site located in New Mexico as well as additional necessary imaging accessories.

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Tiers
ATEO Bronze Contributor
$1 or more per month
With this amount, patrons will be listed on the "Our Sponsors" page as an "ATEO Bronze Contributor" on the Insight Observatory website as appreciation for their ongoing monthly support. - Image above of the Cocoon Nebula (IC 5146) taken with the ATEO-1.
ATEO Silver Contributor
$3 or more per month
With this amount, patrons will be listed on the "Our Sponsors" page as an "ATEO Silver Contributor" on the Insight Observatory website as appreciation for their ongoing monthly support.  - Image above of the Crab Nebula (Messier 1) taken with the ATEO-1. 
ATEO Gold Contributor
$5 or more per month
With this amount, patrons will be listed on the "Our Sponsors" page as an "ATEO Gold Contributor" on the Insight Observatory website as appreciation for their ongoing monthly support.  - Image above of the Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946) taken with the ATEO-1. 
ATEO Platinum Contributor
$10 or more per month
With this amount, patrons will be listed on the "Our Sponsors" page as an "ATEO Supporter" on the Insight Observatory website as appreciation for their ongoing monthly support.  - Image above of the Orion Nebula (Messier 42) taken with the ATEO-1. 
ATEO Silver Sponsor
$25 or more per month
This extremely generous level of support allows you to have 2 hours per month on the ATEO Remote Telescope for ONLY $25.00 ($120.00 Value).  - Image above of the Western Veil Nebula (NGC 6946) taken with the ATEO-1.  
ATEO Gold Sponsor
$50 or more per month
This extremely generous level of support allows you to have 4 hours per month on the ATEO Remote Telescope for ONLY $50.00 ($240.00 Value).  - Image above of the California Nebula (NGC 1499) taken with the ATEO-1. 
ATEO Platinum Sponsor
$100 or more per month
This extremely generous level of support allows you to have 8 hours per month on the ATEO Remote Telescope for ONLY $100.00 ($480.00 Value).   - Image above of the Triangulum Galaxy (Messier 33) taken with the ATEO-1.