Insight Observatory

is creating The Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO)

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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 3 (three) ATEO 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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  • An Insight Observatory coffee mug in appreciation for your generous monthly support. 
  • Work-in-progress articles, updates and processed deep-sky images acquired from ALL 3 (three) ATEO 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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  • An Insight Observatory premium ink-printed T-shirt in appreciation for your monthly support.
  • Work-in-progress articles, updates and processed deep-sky images acquired from ALL 3 (three) ATEO 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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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 classrooms around the world.


Patreon Creators Michael Petrasko (left) and Muir Evenden (right) being 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 others interest in astronomy growing up and is 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 proudly houses a 16" f/3.7 Dream astrograph reflector imaging telescope, named the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach (ATEO-1), a 5" f/5.8 Williams Optics FLT apo refractor imaging telescope (ATEO-2A), and a Celestron 11" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain planetary telescope (ATEO-2B) 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, amateur astronomers, and the general public. Insight Observatory also now has access to an affiliate 12.5" f/9 Quasar Ritchey Chretien remote imaging telescope (ATEO-3) located in the dark skies and at an elevation of 5990 ft in the Rio Hurtado Valley, Chile. This affiliate imaging system allows us to provide image data of deep-sky gems in the southern hemisphere.


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-2A: 5" Williams Optics 132 FLT APO Refractor and ATEO-2B: GSO Classical Cassegrain Reflector planetary remote telescope with M33, The Triangulum Galaxy imaged on the ATEO-2A 5" f/5.8 APO refractor remote telescope. Image set for this deep-sky object is available in Insight Observatory's Starbase image set repository.

Specifications of the ATEO-2A 5" Refractor Imaging System:

  • Williams Optics 132 (5") f/5.8 FLT APO Refractor
  • Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount
  • ZWO ASI2600MC Pro Color Camera
  • 61mm Williams Optics APO Guide Scope
  • Starlight Xpress Lodestar Guiding Camera

Williams Optics 5" images have the following specifications:

  • Image size (pixels): 3900 x 2616
  • Pixel Size: 6.05uM x 6.05uM
  • Megapixel: 10.2
  • CCD Type: Sony ICX493AQA SuperHAD CCD - Bayer RGB matrix
  • Max Cooling: Approximately -35C below ambient

Specifications of the ATEO-2B 6" f/12 Classical Cassegrain Reflector Imaging System:

  • GSO 6" f/12 Classical Cassegrain Reflector
  • Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount
  • Celestron SKYRIS 236C color CMOS camera
  • Optec Focus Lynx Focuser
  • Celestron SKYRIS 132M Guide Camera

GSO Classical Cassegrain 6" images have the following specifications:

  • Image size (pixels): 6248 x 4176
  • Pixel Size: 3.76 μm
  • Sensor Size: 23.5 mm x 15.7 mm
  • CCD Type: Sony IMX571 CMOS - Cooled
  • Max Cooling: Approximately -35C below ambient


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)


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 that allowed remote telescope usage to be affordable. However, by having their 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 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 three remote telescope's hosting sites located in New Mexico and Chile.
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$153.37 of $1,500 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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