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Remote Observing

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!

Participating Observatories

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)
(100 minutes of free usage)

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.