Re: Rentable web based telescopes for satellite viewing

From: Large mails (b.gimle@comhem.se)
Date: Thu Nov 05 2009 - 11:33:12 UTC

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    SLOOH has a more flexible and lower pricing, but only .jpg/.png images. Some 20" scopes at
    sites: Chile,Canary Islands,Australia
    GRAS has only small wide-field scopes on the trial, FITS images + .jpg preview + log files
    + scripts. Up to 16" in New Mexico and Australia.
    http://www.slooh.com/specs.php
    http://www.slooh.com/faq.php
    
    Kevin has shown good satellite tracks from SLOOH.
    Despite ~15 runs (some multi-image) I have captured only three faint tracks, though some
    runs may have missed the time.
    
    At GRAS, you have to pay $50/month or more to be able to reserve time in advance and run
    scripts to make sure the images are taken at the right time.
    It is easy to set a sequence of images with various binning, exposures and filters, even
    without a script.
    You have to pay more to be allowed unattended scripts.
    If you don't use your monthly alloted time, it still accumulates,
    but if you stop paying, the points accumulated will remain for a year, but are only
    available for 30 days since last payment.
    (You must resume payments to use more)
    
    At SLOOH, you must be at the 'console' and snap images as they are taken. All(?) are
    single-color+combined.
    
    At both web sites, I found navigating the info pages (and menus) difficult before getting
    used to them.
    I can give some additional info that is particularly useful for satellite tracks, and not
    so obvious.
    
    /Björn
    
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "daniel crawford" <djcunix@gmail.com>
    To: <seesat-l@satobs.org>
    Cc: "Bjoern Gimle@GlocalNet" <bg_26934@glocalnet.net>
    Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 12:22 AM
    Subject: Re: Rentable web based telescopes for satellite viewing
    
    
    Astronomy.fm is offering a free trial to the site Björn lists below if
    you sign up with them.  No charge.  I quote:
    
    "Registration does not require a credit card or any commitment from
    you. At the end of your trial, you will be able to upgrade to a
    full-use GRAS account that will let you access all of their
    telescopes."
    
    http://astronomy.fm/galileo_nights_register.html
    
    Thought I'd pass this find along.
    
    
    
    
    
    2009/10/21 Björn (Large mails) Gimle <b.gimle@comhem.se>:
    > I have recently started an account at
    > http://gis.global-rent-a-scope.com/Default.aspx
    >
    > but they are in New Mexico and South Australia, but have many good
    > telescopes and logs+FITS+photometria image FTP service.
    >
    >
    > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Phelps Williams" <phelpsw@gmail.com>
    > To: "SeeSat" <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    > Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 3:23 AM
    > Subject: Rentable web based telescopes for satellite viewing
    >
    >
    >> I am aware of the SLOOH (http://www.slooh.com) system but am
    >> interested in other similar offerings out there. Is anybody familiar
    >> with similar web based telescopes? Does anybody have experience /
    >> opinions of these systems?
    >>
    >> I am interested in imaging satellites but would prefer to use a
    >> telescope closer to the equator than SLOOH provides (22deg north).
    >>
    >> -Phelps
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