The observatories are heavily automated to be able to use the nights as effectively as possible. You simply insert the targets you want to be imaged, and the system will choose the ideal moment to gather your data.
Our remote telescopes are located in some of the darkest and most pristine locations of the world. Especially in Namibia we enjoy way over 300 clear nights per year with exceptional seeing.
We are hobby astronomers ourselves and enjoy gathering data, too. We want to share the equipment to help pay for the running costs (like power, hosting costs and maintenance) but not to make profit, so our costs are way lower than other offers on the net.
Look here at some real preview images (uncalibrated) made the last days by our internet controlled telescopes.
We do want to give everybody the possibility to use these professional-grade systems.
The rates are per hour of observatory usage, and are calculate down to per-second accuracy. The usage begins when the camera opens the shutter for your frame and ends when it closes. You pay effectively only the exposure time. Nothing for focusing, nothing for slewing :)
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These are our Default2020 prices, which will stay in effect for probabily a long time. Early adopters are enjoying lower rates.
These rates apply for our 20" iDK scope in Namibia. Smaller scopes have lower rates. For dynamic scheduled requests. That means that we choose the best time to execute them. For requests starting at a fixed time we charge an additional 30%.