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Title: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: MRPUGH55 on 10:49:30, 05 January, 2018
Hello there.  Martin Pugh here.
I am delighted to announce that construction of my large observatory here in rural New South Wales will commence next week and is expected to be complete by the end of the month.  Thereafter, I will be offering remote imaging, data subscription and telescope hosting. 

I have published information here: https://www.martinpughastrophotography.space/remote-imaging-and-telescope-hosting (https://www.martinpughastrophotography.space/remote-imaging-and-telescope-hosting)
You can view my night skies practically real time via this URL:  http://martinpughastrophotography.id.au/ASC.htm (http://martinpughastrophotography.id.au/ASC.htm) and on both of these pages is a link to a spreadsheet where I have captured historical weather data for my site.

From a hosting perspective, 3 pier spots remain but telescope rental will only be offered as an alternative to data subscription.  The latter is a very inexpensive way to gain access to high quality data of skies that are typically inaccessible to northern hemisphere imagers.

The URL above shows the very high specification systems that I will be installing.  Indeed the Astro Physics Riccardi Honders has been in a trial subscription for the past 4 months and one of my subscribers has already nailed a  NASA APOD (https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap171018.html (https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap171018.html)).

From a technical perspective, I have lots of experience and have commissioned and operated remote imaging platforms for 5+ years now.  The new observatory is on my property so I am on site, immediately available 24x7. 

If any of these opportunities interest you, please contact me at mpastro2001@yahoo.co.uk or via the contact form on my website above for further information and pricing.

cheers
Martin



Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: Einari on 10:13:59, 06 January, 2018
Interesting.
Just sent your email.

Tapio
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: MRPUGH55 on 11:42:52, 06 January, 2018
Hello again.

I have uploaded some sample data taken through the Astro Physics RH305 telescope.  They are in FITS format (and have been calibrated) and I have used Maxim DL's compression algorithim to reduce the file size.  So you need to open the files in Maxim and if you want to open them in a different program just save them out in uncompressed format.

http://martinpughastrophotography.id.au/Test_Page3.htm (http://martinpughastrophotography.id.au/Test_Page3.htm)

cheers
Martin
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: psjshep on 15:30:35, 06 January, 2018
Nice images, Martin.... :clap:

Must have a play with them in PixInsight.....

Phil
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: MRPUGH55 on 20:31:18, 06 January, 2018
Thanks Phil and for the welcome message.

This scope is nothing short of amazing; 12.5" at f3.8 and is well matched to the SBIG STXL 16200.

I am just finishing up on the Tarantula nebula, and the subs are just great.

Clear skies
Martin
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: chris.bailey on 10:55:47, 07 January, 2018
Martin

If that sample M8 sub is representative, then it is a dream combination.

Chris
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: MRPUGH55 on 21:07:43, 07 January, 2018
It certainly is Chris.  The scope/camera combination works really well and the dark skies really help too.

all the best
Martin
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: MRPUGH55 on 11:13:26, 19 January, 2018
Hi everyone.

Delighted to post into the forum that the observatory construction phase is now complete and telescope installation is underway.

https://www.martinpughastrophotography.space/remote-imaging-and-telescope-hosting (https://www.martinpughastrophotography.space/remote-imaging-and-telescope-hosting)

There are just 2 pier spots left and of course the CDK17 data subscription opportunity will commence in a couple of weeks and the RH305 shortly thereafter.

cheers
Martin
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: MRPUGH55 on 10:53:16, 05 February, 2018
Hello again.

Heaven's Mirror Observatory is now operational with two of my systems installed (http://martinpughastrophotography.id.au/images/HM.JPG (http://martinpughastrophotography.id.au/images/HM.JPG)), with two others underway, and two more to be installed early next month.

But the big news is that the CDK17 is up and running and I am now looking for subscribers to the data subscription plan that I am offering. The subscription period will commence on Monday 19 Feb as I will be finalizing the preps on this wonderful instrument up until then (e.g all fresh calibration frames). Please contact me directly for pricing; I have a really good deal to offer.

and as a taster, check out this 5 minute image of Carina:
http://martinpughastrophotography.id (http://martinpughastrophotography.id)...%20300secs.fit.

Together with the good seeing, and my special blend of AOX settings, I was delighted to get FWHM 1.3-1.4.

The re-commissioning of the Riccardi Honders has gone really well and that is now imaging again and on a brand new Paramount ME II; I have also added a 3nm Astrodon NII filter to add a little extra fun. The next subscription period commences 22 March and again, I have a good deal to offer here.

Pier availability - depending on the outcome of recent enquiries, I anticipate one, maybe two pier spots will be still available. As an additional benefit, I am now also providing the pier to anyone who is interested in hosting at no extra cost. So that is one logistical headache out of the way.

all the best and clear skies

Martin Pugh
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: MRPUGH55 on 00:39:32, 08 February, 2018
Hello again.

there are just a couple of spaces left before the data subscription quota for the CDK is full.

regards

Martin
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: MRPUGH55 on 10:46:45, 19 February, 2018
Hello there.

I have posted some CDK17 sampler data here:

http://martinpughastrophotography.id.au/CDK17Sampler.htm (http://martinpughastrophotography.id.au/CDK17Sampler.htm)

For those interested, data subscription starts shortly.  Contact me for further info.

cheers
Martin
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: MRPUGH55 on 11:41:05, 22 February, 2018
Good morning/evening.

The first data subscription period on the RH305 is in its final month and the feedback I have received from the subscribers is that they have been very happy with the quality and quantity of the data provided. 

I have received some processed results and with their permission have hosted them on my website here:

https://www.martinpughastrophotography.space/remote-imaging-and-telescope-hosting (https://www.martinpughastrophotography.space/remote-imaging-and-telescope-hosting)

cheers
Martin
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: Roger B on 19:01:59, 03 March, 2018
some lovely images from them Martin.

I have had a look on your site but cannot see how much things cost.   ( Maybe missing it somewhere )

Rog
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: MRPUGH55 on 21:38:07, 03 March, 2018
Hey Rog, thanks for the reply.

Either system costs just £180 per month if you subscribe for a year, otherwise it is £215 per month. Subscribing for a year makes good sense and I am happy to apply the £420 discount for those wanting to sign up; all payable into a UK bank account if course.

Contact me offline for further details, and don't forget to check out the sample data available on my site.

Cheers
Martin
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: MRPUGH55 on 12:29:37, 26 March, 2018
Hello everyone.

The next RH305 subscription period start date has been moved right by 1 week and now commences on 6 or 7 April (this is due to system optimisation and hardware upgrade)

There are just 4 places left on this group of subscribers so If you are interested in signing up, please contact me.

all the best
Martin
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: MRPUGH55 on 13:07:01, 13 April, 2018
Hello everyone.

Here with news of another system now commissioned and about to kick off on a data subscription plan at the end of the month.

This is an RCOS 12.5" with STL11000M and Adaptive Optics.  All Astrodon filters with the NBs at 5nm.  The system sits on a Bisque Paramount MEII.

Subscription to this system is significantly cheaper than the 2 higher end imaging platforms so please contact me for details.

Meanwhile, I have uploaded a calibrated FIT taken just last night as a 'first light'.

http://martinpughastrophotography.id.au/Test_Page3.htm (http://martinpughastrophotography.id.au/Test_Page3.htm)

cheers
Martin
Title: Re: Remote Imaging, Data Subscription and Telescope Hosting in Australia
Post by: MRPUGH55 on 14:15:11, 02 May, 2018
Hello everyone.

Thank you to those who have contacted me regarding the imaging opportunities that I am currently offering.

I have now uploaded a complimentary data set taken with the Astro Physics Riccardi Honders, details of which you can find at the URL below.  It is of course of a SH gem - the Eta Carina nebula.

http://www.martinpughastrophotography.id.au/Heavens_Mirror.htm (http://www.martinpughastrophotography.id.au/Heavens_Mirror.htm)

Just download at your leisure, process it, and send me your results - I would love to see them.
and please note, there are now 3 systems available for you to acquire southern hemisphere data with and two of those systems currently employ Adaptive Optics with a resultant FWHM frequently achieved of between 1.2-1.8 arcseconds per pixel.

regards
Martin Pugh
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