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Friday, January 11, 2013


The iTelescope Siding Spring Observatory Facility is Officially Open

The Tarantula Nebula imaged with iTelescope T12 housed at Siding Spring Observatory, 5 x 120 second images stacked with ImageJ.

As many of you know, I do a lot of comet and NEO imaging using the remote telescopes of Telescope. I also write alerts for them, and am one of their science advisers.

They have 'scopes in the US, Italy and Australia, giving world wide coverage of the sky.

So you may understand that I've been excited by this bit of news for a long time, the Australian  iTelescopes have a new home at the iconic Siding Spring Observatory.(more details of the story here)

Pete Poulos at the site of the new iTelecope facility on Siding Spring in September 2011.

It's taken a while to develop the site and set up the scopes, but the wait has been well worth it, there are now several world class 'scopes up there. The bedding in runs have been done and now the 'scopes are ready for the world.

If you would like to try one out, you can sign up for a free demonstration account, and take T13 for a spin.

Sadly, as I write this, the SSO is threatened by the fires in New South Wales, and the astronomers resident up there are on evacuation alert. Hopefully all will be well and the danger will pass, but send them your best wishes folks.

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