Remote access to Telescopes

Several telescopes around the world may be accessed from your own home using the internet and a computer. This allows for creating your own images of all kind of objects like planets, our own sun, galaxies etc. with little or no costs. Many (free) educational programs are also available at those websites.

The following article at the "www.telescopeguide.org" web site reviews some of those websites.



Following is a list of Remote Telescope Institutions


MicroObservatory by Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics

MicroObservatory is a network of five automated telescopes that can be controlled over the Internet. The telescopes were developed at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and were designed to enable students and teachers nationwide to investigate the wonders of the deep sky from their classrooms.

  • No costs and suitable for beginners
  • 5 six inch reflectors including 1 Sun scope at different locations in the USA
  • Image resolution 650 x 500 pixels
  • No real time access, book a request and a few days later you will get an email with a link to the recorded image.
  • YouthAstroNet Educational program for students.
  • www.facebook.com/MicroObservatory/


Since 2004, We have led the field in developing public internet based Astronomy.
From a humble start with a single telescope in both California and Australia and just 5 members, we have since expanded the iTelescope network to telescopes around the globe providing digital imaging services to professional and amateur astronomers world wide. Today iTelescope has over 1,000 active members and we have provided this membership community with over 300,000+ observing missions across 280,000+ imaging hours, current as of December 2017.

  • 20 different telescopes (3.5 inch till 27.5 inch) at 4 different locations around the world. 
  • Several free streaming sessions per month, see: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL5a2J4tCXM
  • Starting from US$20 per month which give 4 hours of telescope reservation time and up to 10 minutes imaging time.

                       Website  ITelesscope.net


Faulkes Telescope Project

The Faulkes Telescope Project offers free resources for STEM education and provides free access to a global network of telescopes. Spot new supernovae, catch a comet, gaze at galaxies - bring the Universe to your classroom and carry out real research with astronomers! 

Registration and use of the telescopes is free for UK school teachers and educators and partner organisations in Europe. If you are based elsewhere in the world, please contact us if you'd like to discuss working with us.  

Website www.faulkes-telescope.com/ 

This project is part of Hands-On Universe (HOU) which is an educational program that enables students to investigate the Universe while applying tools and concepts from science, math, and technology. Global Hands-On Universe (GHOU) joins efforts from all around the world to train teachers on the use of modern tools and resources for science education and engage students in international scientific projects.


A 3 minute introduction to Las Cumbres Observatory

Las Cumbres Observatory 

Twenty-three telescopes at seven sites around the world working together as a single instrument.

Costs: From free educational programs to starting from $200 per hour + $3500 Admin fee


Astronomy from Home (AfH) 

Our goal is with the activities on AfH (Astronomy from Home) is to advance Science, Technlogy, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning and literacy by using internet-controllable telescopes to engage learners in authentic research experiences.
AfH is developed and maintained by scientists, engineers, and educators at Sonoma State University (SSU), in partnership with remote telescope networks around the world. The AfH provides opportunities for participants to learn astrophysics content and skills on their own timelines and in their own environments.
While the AfH partners with other remote telescopes and telescope networks such as the Las Cumbres Observatory, it also has its own 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain robotic telescope, nicknamed GORT (Gamma-ray Optical Robotic Telescope). GORT has been in operation since 2004. GORT can be remotely operated, and has a selection of filters that provide images in different visible wavelength bands.
To request observing time on GORT you must submit a proposal. Your proposal should indicate your goals for observing, and should indicate what questions you would like to answer. If you know the names of the objects you would like to observe, you should indicate them in the proposal. Your proposal should include an estimate for the number of images you would like to obtain.


A 1 minute introduction to Astronomy with an online telescope in Tenerife

OpenLearn, Astronomy with an online telescope

This free course, Astronomy with an online telescope, shows you how to navigate the night sky, and introduces the wide variety of objects it contains. You will develop a hands-on understanding of telescopic observations using the Open University’s own robotic telescope facility COAST sited on the island of Tenerife. Supported by your own measurements we illustrate how stars evolve, and study variable stars.
Collect images from the COAST telescope in Tenerife.

COAST (COmpletely Autonomous Survey Telescope) consists of a 14 inch f/10 Schmidt Cassegrain telescope (a Celestron 14), equipped with an FLI ProLine KAF-0900 CCD camera, broadband and narrow-band filters, also mounted on a GM4000.


A 5 minute introduction to Slooh


Slooh provides real-time viewing and control of robotic telescopes, including seven telescopes situated at its flagship observatory at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, one of the world’s top observatory sites, three telescopes based in Santiago, Chile, offering complementary views of the southern skies, and five new telescopes coming online in 2020 in the United Arab Emirates.
Students have the ability to set up their own telescope missions using astronomical catalogs, coordinates, & imaging filters. They automatically obtain FITS file images from that mission in their Photo Hub once the mission is complete.

7 day free trial - $50 - $300 per year.


Schulman Telescope in Arizona

Amateur astrophotographers around the world can now enjoy taking full control of the Schulman Telescope. As one of the largest dedicated public access telescopes in the United States, the 32-inch telescope was designed from inception to provide full remote control over the internet by astrophotographers worldwide.

$400 for half a night of its telescope use.

Virtual Telescope

Virtual Telescope Project

The Virtual Telescope Project is an advanced service provided by the Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory in Italy and managed by Dr. Gianluca Masi, PhD. It consists of several, robotic telescopes, remotely accessible in real-time over the Internet, both for research and fun, available for all. Despite the technologically advanced instrumentation, the system is very easy to use.
In addition, we offer public online observing sessions, with a live commentary from our acclaimed scientific staff, with viewers joining from all over the world. These live streams are shared online, making our feeds very popular in the world.

25 Euros/hour on the Celestron C14 inch
50 Euros/hour on the Planewave 17 inch


Telescope Live

Observe with a Global Network of Telescopes.
Full access to the best night skies thanks to our network of nine professional telescopes across three continents and two hemispheres.
Easy-to-Use and Guaranteed Quality Images.
It’s simple. We make it easy for you to take astrophotography pictures. We carefully screen each image to guarantee you only top-quality images. That’s our promise.
From Zero to Astrophotography Hero.
Whether you’re an expert imager or just getting started, Telescope Live provides resources to observe, learn, share, and connect with other astrophotographers globally.

  • 9 telescopes in 3 continent
  • One month free trial
  • 3 different monthly plans starting from $4 per month
  • Or $35 to $200 per hour

Insight Observatory

Insight Observatory offers a 16" f/3.7 Dream Astrograph reflector (ATEO-1), a 5" f/5.8 Williams Optics refractor (ATEO-2A), and an 8" f/10 Celestron Edge HD Schmidt-Cassegrain (ATEO-2B) remote telescopes that are available for hourly, or nightly rentals.

Image planets and deep-sky objects, such as galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae remotely, from the dark skies and high elevation of 7,800 feet in New Mexico, using your personal computer via our ATEO Portal.
Insight Observatory also has an affiliate remote telescope located in the dark skies and a high elevation of 5990 feet in the Rio Hurtado Valley in Chile.
This remote imaging telescope is a 12.5" f/9 Quasar Ritchey Chretien (ATEO-3), that is available for image requests on our Educational and Personal Image Request forms as well as image sets for subscribing to in our Starbase.

Costs starting at $15 per Personal Image Request


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