Insight Observatory

Insight Observatory

The Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO)

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Explorer

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$3
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You will receive Insight Observatory's exclusive updates via Patreon posts that include...

  • Work-in-progress articles, updates, and processed deep-sky images acquired from ALL 8 (eight) ATEO and AFIL Remote Telescopes by our education and standard users (with their consent and full credit) as well as our own team members.
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Adventurer

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$10
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With this support amount, you will receive...

  • Set of 6 (six) High-Quality Print Greeting Cards of your choice from our catalog of printed images produced by Intersteller Print (www.interstellarprint.com) including protective coverings and envelopes taken on Insight Observatory's Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO). **Greeting cards available for delivery in the 48 US states ONLY. All patrons of this tier living outside the 48 US states will be able to download the full high-resolution TIFF files Insight Observatory uses to create its high-quality greeting cards.
  • Work-in-progress articles, updates, and processed deep-sky images acquired from ALL 8 (eight) ATEO and AFIL Remote Telescopes by our education and standard users (with their consent and full credit) as well as our own team members.

Navigator

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$20
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At this level of patronage, you will receive the following...

  • Set of 2 (two) 7" x 7" High-Quality Digital Prints of your choice from our catalog of printed images produced by Intersteller Print (www.interstellarprint.com) with a protective covering taken on Insight Observatory's Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO). **Prints available for delivery in the 48 US states ONLY. All patrons of this tier living outside the 48 US states will be able to download the full high-resolution TIFF files Insight Observatory uses to create its high-quality prints.
  • Work-in-progress articles, updates, and processed deep-sky images acquired from ALL 8 (eight) ATEO and AFIL Remote Telescopes by our education and standard users (with their consent and full credit) as well as our own team members.

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About Insight Observatory

Become a patron of Insight Observatory and receive access to image data of deep-sky objects such as galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters taken on our three Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO) remote telescopes. Your patronage will allow us to bring these online Internet remote telescopes into homes and classrooms around the world.


Patreon Creators Michael Petrasko (left) and Muir Evenden (right) were interviewed by their local newspaper in May 1982 then pictured at Insight Observatory's annual ATEO-1 remote telescope maintenance visit at SkyPi Remote Observatory in May 2019.

As the creators 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 students with the tools necessary for astronomy education, discovery, and research utilizing remote robotic telescopes. Read about how two childhood friends who fostered each other's interest in astronomy growing up are now creating the Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach.

In this way, we can enable them to participate and 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  Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach is easily accessible via the internet to be used within the current science curricula.

Insight Observatory offers a  16" f/3.7 Dream Astrograph reflector (ATEO-1) located in dark skies and a high elevation of 7,800 feet in New Mexico and a 12.5" f/9 Quasar Ritchey Chretien (ATEO-3) affiliate remote telescope located at a high elevation of 5990 feet in the Rio Hurtado Valley in Chile. These remote telescopes are accessible via our online ATEO Portal for public use as well as on our online Educational Image Request (EIR) application for educational use.


ATEO-1: 16" f/3.7 astrograph reflector remote telescope with its images acquired of Messier 63, The Sunflower Galaxy, and Messier 16, The Eagle Nebula. Image sets for these deep-sky objects are available in Insight Observatory's Starbase image set repository.

Specifications of the ATEO-1 16" Reflector Imaging System:

  • Telescope: Dream 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 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


ATEO-3: 12.5" f/9 Quasar Ritchey Chretien and images of dORADUS 30, The Tarantula Nebula and NGC 253, The Sculptor Galaxy imaged on ATEO-3. Image sets for these deep-sky objects are available in Insight Observatory's Starbase image set repository.

Specifications of the ATEO-3 12.5" Ritchey Chretien Imaging System:

  • Quasar 12.5" f/9 Ritchey Chretien
  • Losmandy Titan Mount
  • SBIG STL11000 CCD Camera
  • Astrodon Luminance (Clear)/Red/Green/Blue/H-Alpha 6nm/OIII 3nm)
  • SBIG Adaptive Optics Guiding

12.5" Ritchey Chretien images have the following specifications:

  • Camera Resolution: 4008 x 2672
  • Imaging Sensor: Kodak KAI-11000M CCD
  • Sensor Size: 5.44mm x 3.42mm
  • Pixel size: 9 x 9 microns
  • Chip Size: 37.25mm (H) x 25.70mm (V)


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.

Starbase is a repository of images captured by the Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO) and our affiliate remote telescopes (AFIL), organized by the image target into image “sets”. These image sets can be purchased and downloaded. Subscribing to an image set grants the subscriber access to all of the image set images for that target.

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


5th8th, 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.

Insight Observatory retained an education status for use of a third-party remote robotic telescope network back in 2010 that allowed remote telescope usage to be affordable. However, by having it's own remote robotic telescope network, the telescope's use will be more affordable allowing schools and amateur astronomers the chance to image the night sky and participate in real astronomy research at affordable rates.  A few articles covering what projects Insight Observatory has participated in with students in utilizing their online remote robotic telescopes are   "The Sky Show",  "Elementary Students Research Deep Space Images",  "High School Earth Science Classes Utilize the ATEO", and "The Awesomeness of the Universe".

Your generous patronage via Patreon makes it possible to cover the hosting, maintenance, equipment, and affiliate costs at the EIGHT remote telescope's hosting sites located in New Mexico, Chile, Spain, and Namibia.
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$435.63 of $3,500 per month

An image of M63, The Sunflower Galaxy imaged on ATEO-1 (pictured left) along with students accessing the ATEO remote telescope network from their classroom.

This goal of support will cover the monthly hosting, maintenance costs, and affiliation fees for the Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO) located in the dark skies of New Mexico and Chile.

In addition, this goal will also the staff at Insight Observatory to continue maintaining and updating the remote telescope's online access portals for educational use and Starbase image set repository.
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