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Over the Galilean Nights event, 22 - 24 October, several remote observatories are making their telescopes available to the world. Members of the public can control telescopes on the other side of the world and take photos of astronomical objects from the comfort of their own homes – all for free!
When you're not out at a Galilean Nights event near your home, continue your observing by connecting to one of our participating remote telescopes.
How to take part
If you're reading this webpage, then you can take part in Galilean Nights Remote Observing. You don't need any special skills, only enthusiasm for astronomy and a computer with internet access!
Any remote observatories are welcome to be part of Galilean Nights! If you represent an institute offering remote facilities, please contact Terry Bridges to join those already taking part.
Pick an observatory from the list below:
|Observatory Name||Location of Observatory||Telescopes Available|
|LightBuckets||Either Australia or the USA||200-600mm diameter Ritchey-Chretien|
|MyTelescope||Canada||250mm diameter Schmidt-Cassegrain|
|Virtual Telescope||Italy||360mm Celestron C14|
Global Rent-a-Scope (GRAS)
|Australia and the USA||90-150 mm diameter Takahashi Sky 90|
(select the "Galileo" activity, your images will be available for later download)
|USA||Five 150mm telescopes|
|Universe Alive *
(live webcast with commentary 24 October 15:00 to 16:30 UT)
|Iran||200mm and 350mm|
* The Universe Alive event is a guided tour of the night sky by in-house astronomy experts at an observatory in Iran. You will not be able to control the telescope or request images. The webcast will take place on 24 October 2009 from 15:00 to 16:30 UT.