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April 20 $200
@ 12:30 am - 4:00 am
The University of Arizona: Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Remote Astrophotography
Astrophotographers around the world can now enjoy taking full remote control of the .8-meter (32-inch) Schulman Telescope at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter to image astronomical targets of their choosing by taking direct control of the telescope through a web-based interface.
Remote use of the telescope is not the same as live “viewing” and is targeted towards individuals interested in acquiring high-resolution astronomical data that have experience using photo editing software with raw (FITS format) astronomical images. Real-time imaging gives you feedback as to what is occurring at the observatory atop Mount Lemmon’s 9,170 peak. You can see the raw images as they are acquired, watch the telescope and dome move, monitor the weather conditions, monitor guide stars, focus, and much more. It is like being there but sitting comfortably in your own home.
After placing your reservation using the link below, you will receive an email from the SkyCenter confirming your time and with a pdf file of instructions on using the Schulman telescope web interface. We recommend reading the instructional documentation in advance and planning your entire imaging run so that once you are logged onto the system, you can maximize your time acquiring astrophotographic data.
Currently, we are offering a discounted base rate of $400 for a half night. You can choose either 8:30 PM – Midnight, or 12:30 AM – 4 AM (all times MST). We are also providing discounts for moon phase as follows: 26 – 50% illumination at 25% off; 51 – 75% illumination at 50% off; 76 – 100% illumination at 70% off. These discounts are reflected in the ticket prices for each half night. Prior to reserving time for remote use of the Schulman telescope, please review our webpage on the system, including our policy on weather cancellations and refunds.