Telescope Live is a modern web application allowing you to observe astronomical objects such as stars, galaxies and nebulae, using a remote network of professional, high-end robotic telescopes, distributed across the globe in both hemispheres, ranging in size from small 10cm wide field refractors to large 1m reflector telescopes, and equipped with the best cameras and filters for astrophotography and photometry.
Who is Telescope Live for?
Telescope Live is built for amateur astronomers with interest in imaging and astrophotography, higher education students in relevant subjects that want to learn the basic of professional astronomical observations, and astronomy researchers.
The Telescope Live interface is built from the ground up with usability in mind. You will be able to figure out how to observe with our telescopes in a matter of minutes, without reading any manual.
How do I access the Telescope Live platform?
You can subscribe and get a free month trial with 20 free credits to test the platform and submit an observing request to most of our telescopes. You will then need to pay a monthly subscription fee. Try it now for free!
What can I image with Telescope Live?
With Telescope Live you can obtain images of deep sky objects such as stars, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae, or small solar system objects such as asteroids, comets, or minor planets. Our telescopes have field of views that range from about 20 arcmin2 to 4 degrees2. Read more about how to submit an observing request.
You will not be able to image the Moon or solar system planets, as they are too bright for our CCD cameras. In the future, we plan to add telescopes dedicated for planetary imaging.
What type of images will I get?
The images acquired with Telescope Live will be imaged using external high quality Astrodon filters, and delivered to you as fully calibrated, monochromatic (black and white) pictures in FITS format. JPEG previews will also be available.
If you want to create coloured pictures you will need to image the same object in several filters (for instance, Red, Green and Blue), then download the images to your computer and use third-party software such as PixInsight to post-process these images and create a coloured picture.
How are my images obtained and scheduled?
The Telescope Live platform offers a step-by-step form assisting you in the creation of an Observation Request for astrophotography or photometry, and a research-grade but easy-to-use Image Archive to store your images.
The platform also features an automated scheduling system that will schedule your request of observation optimally across our network taking into account various imaging constraints and the weather, so that you don’t need to worry at all about planning or replanning your observations.
If you require more control over the scheduling of your requests, we also have an intuitive and easy-to-use scheduling calendar.
Depending on the nature of your observations, and the current schedule of our telescopes, your images will be acquired within a few days to a few weeks.
Is Telescope Live suitable for scientific observations?
Yes, Telescope Live is built from the ground up to support scientific observations, such as time series photometry using short exposures. The most advanced users can also request access to our APIs to schedule complex observations. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific requirements for scientific observations.