Remote Imaging Program

Remote Imaging Program

Remotely Image under the Southern Australian Skies with state of the art research grade equipment!

All you need is an Internet connection and our remote control software to take command of the Southern Astro Telescope as if you where sitting in the observatory yourself. We’ve taken away the hard setup work freeing you to enjoy an imaging session in the comfort of your own home.

Southern Astro uses CCDAutoPilot3 to simplify and automate most of the image acquisition process. It’s as simple as selecting your target, entering in the exposure times and clicking the run button. The system will slew, frame, focus and autoguide whilst providing real time feedback as it preforms each step. You can then download your 16bit FITS files at a later stage for image processing.

We recommend you are familiar with the basic principles behind Astro CCD imaging and familiar with the operation of CCDAutoPilot3, The Sky 6 and CCDSoft. If not a tailored training package can be put together at request.

If you’re not familiar with CCDAutoPilot3 you are more than welcome to acquire your images manually. Southern Astro uses the following programs:

The Sky 6 Professional, CCDSoft V5. FocusMax, RCOS TCC and Registar.

Additional you’re more then welcome to register, align and stack your images into a single image for a single download.

Take a look at what can be done in a matter of a few minutes to a few hours!

RCOS 12.5



RC Optical Systems – Ritchey-Chretien 317mm (12.5″)

Why use a Ritchey-Chretien Telescope?

Robotic Telescope Mount

Paramount ME

CCD Camera

On Order: SBIG STL-11000M Astronomical CCD Imaging Camera, Astrodon Tru-Balance LRGB with Ha

SBIG 2000XM Astronomical CCD Imaging Camera

SBIG Colour Filter Wheel 10: With Astrodon Tru-Balance Luminance (UV-IR Blocked), Red, Green, Blue, Ha 6nm, SII 6nm and OIII 6nm filters (all parfocal).

Image Scale: 0.79 arc-seconds per pixel, CCD size 1600×1200 pixel. FOV: 21 arcmins x 15.8 arcmins. Bin1x1, 2×2 or 3×3

Focal Ratio: F6.18, Apature: 311.15 mm, FL 1922 mm

Program Information:

Here is a example of real time 120 second exposure (reduced in size by 50%): Click Here

The program operates on Weekdays and Weekends (Australian Time +10 GMT). Time can be purchased in 2 hour, 4 hour and all nightly blocks. Your pre-paid block time never expires.

The oberving scheduled is published online, memebers can allocate their own time, it’s a first come first served basis.

Time usage starts at first login and continues until you logoff, your image run ends or the weather becomes unsuitable.

Users are required to use MSN Messanger or Skype so I can stay regular contact with you during your session.

You can access the forums to schedule observing time, request help & support, talk to other users and check your account balance, once you have purchased time.

How to book or have a question?

Special introductory rates apply for first time users:

$20.00 AUD for Australian Customers

$14.00 USD for International Customers

Usage rates can be found here:

Australian Customers: Click Here

International Customers: Click Here

Terms and Conditions: Click Here

Contact Details:

Phone: Brad Moore Within Australia: 0410 748 679, Outside Australia: +61 4 1074 8679 or email me.

Location: 50km south east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia under Mag 5 Skies.

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