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Offline Peter Shah

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« on: 07:58:59, 14 March, 2018 »
I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I've been extremely frustrated with the amount of imaging time I have been getting here in the UK due to the weather. I have so much kit but feel I'm not getting enough use out of it.

So I'm looking at buying some remote imaging time. I was wondering if any of you have had any experiences and whether you were happy with what you paid for.

cheers

Peter
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Re: Remote Imaging
« Reply #1 on: 08:15:20, 14 March, 2018 »
Peter

You are not alone in considering it. I have read very mixed reviews with the main complaints of a data subscription seeming to be -

* Not having much say in chosen targets
* Not enough time on target to do it justice
* Poor calibration files
* Downtime

Now obviously a lot of that would be alleviated by hosting your own setup remotely but that is beyond most of our financial capabilities.

Food for thought

Chris

ps https://www.martinpughastrophotography.space/remote-imaging-and-telescope-hosting is a sponsor on here and some of his sample data has been dreamy...tempting to get some southern hemisphere objects.
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Re: Remote Imaging
« Reply #2 on: 16:12:53, 14 March, 2018 »
I have now used 4 different remote imaging services.
Bradford,
+ cheap - free (was back then), don't know if it still is
- poor quality images and lots of downtime

iTelescope,
+ best user interface
+ lots of telescopes/sites to choose from
- cost (you get promotion discounts and moon discounts but still...)

Skygems,
+ price - 75 eur /night (= 10 hours), and archive data at 35 eur/10 hours
+ very easy to use, send email where you tell your target, filters, binning, imaging time etc and eventually you get your data (with calibration files)
- downtime - my orders have taken up to 3 months to conclude (weather and system malfunction)

Chilescope.
+ 1 meter telescope useage
+ possible to use scope for planetary imaging
- not cheap - 1 meter telescope 1 hour 100$ (even with full moon discount)
- imaging limitations - minimum time slow 1 hour and minimum exposure 3 minutes (not explained in instructions),
lots of overhead with imaging (focusing & plate solving after every filter change - now fixed apparently after my complaint)
- calibration files - sky flats show stars, missing bin2 flats

Now there's these new concept like http://deepskywest.com/ and our sponsor here in Australia.
So it's like joining a team where team votes for targets and get the data.
Don't know if I like that concept.
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Re: Remote Imaging
« Reply #3 on: 19:50:45, 14 March, 2018 »
Thank you Chris/ Einari, Interesting bullet points I'm seeing it as a halfway point before I send my kit somewhere remote....I just need to get my fix of clear skies. There is a lot to consider
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Re: Remote Imaging
« Reply #4 on: 19:52:41, 14 March, 2018 »
Peter

A few hundred quid for a couple of months of Southern Hemisphere skies to my mind is dipping your toes in the water.

Chris
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ATIK383L+/EFW2/OAG|Lodestar|Baader 36mm LRGBHaSIIOIII
Starlight Express SXVRH16/ONAG/FW|Lodestar X2|Baader 2" Filters
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Lunt LS60PTBF1200|DMK41|Quark Chromo
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