Insight Observatory

Insight Observatory

is creating The Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO)

5

patrons

$106

per month
Become a patron of Insight Observatory today and help support the Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO) online Internet remote telescope project.


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-2A: 5" Williams Optics 132 FLT APO Refractor and ATEO-2B: 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 Educational Image Request (EIR) form for their research 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  "Insight Observatory Reflections: IC 1805 - The Heart Nebula",  "Elementary Students Research Deep Space Images",  "High School Earth Science Classes Utilize the ATEO", 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, amateur astronomers, and the general public.

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: 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 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

ATEO-2A and ATEO-2B remote robotic telescopes consist of a 5" f/7 Williams Optics FLT apo refractor and Celestron 11" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain (primarily for planetary imaging) both mounted to a Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount equipped with the following:

Specifications of the ATEO-2A 5" Refractor Imaging System:
  • Williams Optics 132 (5") f/7 FLT APO Refractor
  • Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount
  • Starlight Xpress Trius SX-26 Color CCD Camera
  • Orion 80 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: 6
  • CCD Type: Sony ICX493AQA SuperHAD CCD - Bayer RGB matrix
  • Max Cooling: Approximately -35C below ambient

Specifications of the ATEO-2B 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 Contributor
$10 or more per month only 14 left

With this amount, patrons will be receive an Insight Observatory coffee mug in appreciation for their monthly support.  

ATEO Bronze Sponsor
$20 or more per month only 14 left

With this amount, patrons will be receive an Insight Observatory premium ink-printed T-shirt  in appreciation for their monthly support.

ATEO Silver Sponsor
$30 or more per month only 10 left

This level of support allows patrons to have a monthly subscription to 1 (one) deep-sky image dataset of their choice from Insight Observatory's database. These data sets were acquired on the 16" f/3.7 astrograph reflector (ATEO-1) remote telescope. 

ATEO Gold Sponsor
$50 or more per month only 4 left

With this level of support, on a monthly basis the patron has the option to: 

  • Subscribe to an available deep-sky image dataset from our database, OR
  • Request a custom dataset of their choice up to 2 (two) hours of integration time on the 16" f/3.7 astrograph reflector (ATEO-1).
ATEO Platinum Sponsor
$100 or more per month only 2 left

With this generous level of support, on a monthly basis the patron has the option to:

  • Subscribe to an available deep-sky image dataset from our database, OR
  • Request a custom dataset of their choice up to 4 (four) hours of integration time on the 16" f/3.7 astrograph reflector (ATEO-1).

Image of M16 - The Eagle Nebula imaged on ATEO-1 by U. Mishra and Y. Wu.

Become a patron of Insight Observatory today and help support the Astronomical Telescopes for Educational Outreach (ATEO) online Internet remote telescope project.


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-2A: 5" Williams Optics 132 FLT APO Refractor and ATEO-2B: 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 Educational Image Request (EIR) form for their research 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  "Insight Observatory Reflections: IC 1805 - The Heart Nebula",  "Elementary Students Research Deep Space Images",  "High School Earth Science Classes Utilize the ATEO", 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, amateur astronomers, and the general public.

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: 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 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

ATEO-2A and ATEO-2B remote robotic telescopes consist of a 5" f/7 Williams Optics FLT apo refractor and Celestron 11" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain (primarily for planetary imaging) both mounted to a Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount equipped with the following:

Specifications of the ATEO-2A 5" Refractor Imaging System:
  • Williams Optics 132 (5") f/7 FLT APO Refractor
  • Paramount GT1100S Equatorial Mount
  • Starlight Xpress Trius SX-26 Color CCD Camera
  • Orion 80 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: 6
  • CCD Type: Sony ICX493AQA SuperHAD CCD - Bayer RGB matrix
  • Max Cooling: Approximately -35C below ambient

Specifications of the ATEO-2B 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.

Recent posts by Insight Observatory

Tiers
ATEO Contributor
$10 or more per month only 14 left

With this amount, patrons will be receive an Insight Observatory coffee mug in appreciation for their monthly support.  

ATEO Bronze Sponsor
$20 or more per month only 14 left

With this amount, patrons will be receive an Insight Observatory premium ink-printed T-shirt  in appreciation for their monthly support.

ATEO Silver Sponsor
$30 or more per month only 10 left

This level of support allows patrons to have a monthly subscription to 1 (one) deep-sky image dataset of their choice from Insight Observatory's database. These data sets were acquired on the 16" f/3.7 astrograph reflector (ATEO-1) remote telescope. 

ATEO Gold Sponsor
$50 or more per month only 4 left

With this level of support, on a monthly basis the patron has the option to: 

  • Subscribe to an available deep-sky image dataset from our database, OR
  • Request a custom dataset of their choice up to 2 (two) hours of integration time on the 16" f/3.7 astrograph reflector (ATEO-1).
ATEO Platinum Sponsor
$100 or more per month only 2 left

With this generous level of support, on a monthly basis the patron has the option to:

  • Subscribe to an available deep-sky image dataset from our database, OR
  • Request a custom dataset of their choice up to 4 (four) hours of integration time on the 16" f/3.7 astrograph reflector (ATEO-1).

Image of M16 - The Eagle Nebula imaged on ATEO-1 by U. Mishra and Y. Wu.