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World-class optics and hardware



20" AG iDK

35 Pts per hour

  • 20" AG Optical iDK, focal length of 3420mm
  • Planewave L-500 mount
  • FLI Proline 16803 CCD with rotator
  • Filters: LRGB, Ha7 OIII SII
  • FOV: 37' x 37'
  • Location: Namibia
  • MPC: L81
  • Seeing: Usually around 1.5" FWHM, range: 1.1" to 2.2"
  • SQM: Down to 22 (!)
  • Limiting Altitude: Variable between 15° and 22°

ASA H8 Hyperbolic

25 Pts per hour

  • ASA H8 f2.9 Hyperbolic, focal length of 592mm
  • ASA DDM60 mount
  • QHY 600M
  • Filters: LRGB, Ha7 OIII
  • FOV: 3° 25' x 2° 17', angle +271°
  • Location: Namibia
  • MPC: L81
  • Seeing: Usually around 1.5" FWHM, range: 1.1" to 2.2"
  • SQM: Down to 22 (!)
  • Limiting Altitude: Variable between 15° and 22°

Planewave CDK500

39 Pts per hour

  • Planewave CDK20, focal length of 3450mm
  • Planewave L-500 mount mounted in a private dome
  • FLI Proline 16803 CCD
  • Filters: LRGB, Ha OIII SII plus photometric R, EXO and NearIR
  • FOV: 37' x 37', angle +0°
  • Location: Spain
  • MPC: Z28
  • Seeing: Usually around 1.3" FWHM, range: 1.0" to 2.2"
  • SQM: Down to 21.85
  • Limiting Altitude: Variable between 8° and 12°

Veloce 200 RH

25 Pts per hour

  • Officina Stellare Veloce 200 RH, focal length of 600mm
  • ASA DDM60 mount
  • SBIG STF-8300M
  • Filters: LRGB, Ha7
  • FOV: 1° 42' x 1° 17', angle +180°
  • Location: Spain
  • MPC: Z28
  • Seeing: Usually around 1.5" FWHM, range: 1.0" to 2.2"
  • SQM: Down to 21.85
  • Limiting Altitude: Around 33°

Officina Stellare Pro RC 360

28 Pts per hour

  • Officina Stellare Pro RC 360, focal length of 3072mm
  • Astro Physics GTO 1200 mount
  • FLI Proline 16803 CCD
  • Filters: Currentlyy L, Blue and Ha5, O3, S2, plus photometric R, V and B
  • FOV: 40' x 40', angle 0°
  • Location: Namibia
  • MPC: L81
  • Seeing: Usually around 1.5" FWHM, range: 1.1" to 2.2"
  • SQM: Down to 22 (!)
  • Limiting Altitude: Variable between 15° and 22°

New: FSQ106 ED

19 Pts per hour

  • Takahashi FSQ106 ED, focal length of 530mm
  • ASA DDM60 Pro mount
  • SBIG STF-8300M
  • Filters: LRGB, Ha, O3, S2 (Astrodon)
  • FOV: 1° 56' x 1° 27', angle 0°
  • Location: Namibia
  • MPC: L81
  • Seeing: Usually around 1.5" FWHM, range: 1.1" to 2.2"
  • SQM: Down to 22 (!)
  • Limiting Altitude: Variable between 15° and 22°

New: Dream Astrograph 16" f3.7

35 Pts per hour

  • Dream Telescopes 16" f3.7, focal length of 1500mm
  • Bisque Paramount mount
  • FLI Proline 16803 CCD
  • Filters: LRGB, Ha
  • FOV: 1° 41' x 1° 41', angle 0°
  • Location: New Mexico, USA
  • MPC: V22
  • Seeing: Usually around 1.5" FWHM, range: 1.1" to 2.2"
  • SQM: Down to 22 (!)
  • Limiting Altitude: Variable between 25° and 35°

New: Tecnosky RC8

14 Pts per hour

  • GSO Tecnosky RC 200mm, focal length of 1060mm
  • iOptron CEM 60 mount
  • QHY294MM BSI CMOS
  • Filters: LRGB, Ha, O3, S2 Optolong
  • FOV: 1° 02' x 41', angle 0°
  • Location:Felizzano, Italy
  • Seeing: Usually around 1.8" FWHM, range: 1.5" to 2.6"
  • SQM: Down to 21
  • Limiting Altitude: Variable between 25° and 35°


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Finished image of NGC 6357, LRGB from our iDK 20" scope in Namibia
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Quick test of the Swan Nebula in narrowband from our iDK 20" scope in Namibia
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Light curve of LINEAR 11337303 variable star
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NGC 253 taken by Chris Lin, from our iDK 20" scope in Namibia
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Pelican Nebula bi M. Petrasko, M. Evenden, U. Mishra (Dream Astrograph, New Mexico)

Features


Fully automated

The observatories are heavily automated to be able to use the nights as effectively as possible. You simply insert the targets you want to be imaged, and the system will choose the ideal moment to gather your data.

Perfect locations

Our remote telescopes are located in some of the darkest and most pristine locations of the world. Especially in Namibia we enjoy way over 300 clear nights per year with exceptional seeing.

Competitive costs

We are hobby astronomers ourselves and enjoy gathering data, too. We want to share the equipment to help pay for the running costs (like power, hosting costs and maintenance) but not to make profit, so our costs are way lower than other offers on the net.

Latest preview Images

Look here at some real preview images (uncalibrated) made the last days by our internet controlled telescopes.

Price

We do want to give everybody the possibility to use these professional-grade systems.

Lukas Demetz, hobby astronomer

The rates are per hour of observatory usage, and are calculate down to per-second accuracy. The usage begins when the camera opens the shutter for your frame and ends when it closes. You pay effectively only the exposure time. Nothing for focusing, nothing for slewing :)

Moon Illumination Hourly Rate
0% 35 €
25% 31.06 €
50% 27.13 €
75% 23.19 €
100% 19.25 €

We will adapt the rates in the coming months. These are our Default2020 prices, which will stay in effect for who is subscribing with them now. Early adopters and already subscribed users are enjoying lower rates.

These rates apply for our 20" iDK scope in Namibia. Smaller scopes have lower rates. For dynamic scheduled requests. That means that we choose the best time to execute them. For requests starting at a fixed time we charge an additional 30%.

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Skygems Observatories Network
operated by Hotel Interski di Demetz Lukas e Co SNC
Cisles 51
39047 Santa Cristina BZ
Italy

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