SLOOH Online Telescope - Real time space exploration.
Explore the universe from your computer using SLOOH online power telescopes
Yes, you can watch the Stars and take pictures of Galaxies, Nebula's and of course the Solar System planets like Jupiter or Saturn, with LIVE images from online telescopes.
All this is possible thanks to Slooh online telescopes, and you can do it from the comfort of your living room. This service is also a great gift for all ages.
On June 15th, 2011, SLOOH, with its worldwide space camera, teamed up with Google to broadcast the Total Lunar Eclipse.
Why use an Online telescope?
If you have been thinking on purchasing a telescope, probably you know the good ones are expensive, and a 14" telescope could be off limits for most of us. With Slooh you get access to a professional telescope, located on one of the best places for optic telescopes on the planet.
Other convenient aspect, is the time zone of the telescopes location, that allows to see the sky, even when is not nighttime.
Also, you can snap pictures, without been outside on the freezing cold with your kids.
How it works?
Slooh is a live telescope service, with online access using Internet. You pay a subscription fee to control high power telescopes located at 3 different places around the world: Teide (Spain), Australia and Chile.
The system provides a user friendly interface. Once you have an active account, visit the Launch Pad to get access to the Mission Interface.
The Mission Interface provides live imaging of telescope targets, allows to snap pictures using a Wide Field view, and High Magnification view. Additionally, it provides some general information of the target and also access to live audio with a Professional Astronomer narrations (when available). You can chat with other users too, or access the user forum.
If you don't know much yet about what to see on the sky, don't worry. Slooh has a selection of the most popular objects, so there is always something to look at. Every target stays on the screen on slots of 5 minutes each. (That's enough time to allow the "camera" sensor to gather the necessary amount of light to snap good pictures).
All the pictures you snap, are stored on your account (you may download them to your hard drive if you wish).
Live astronomy and wheather
Please, be aware that this is Live Astronomy, and weather plays an important role on the capacity of the telescopes to capture good images.
It's possible sometimes, due to weather conditions,observation missions will be shutdown, to protect the telescopes or avoid bad imaging. Besides that, the service provides a great experience and the opportunity to learn about Astronomy.
A note on image quality expectations
This is an important note, because is usual to think you will get the same quality you see on some web sites. Many of the super high quality photos are from the Hubble space telescope, or artistically retouched. (...hey NASA has the best toys...)
You will get nice quality pictures from Slooh, and much better that the ones you may snap from your own telescope without experience on photography and the necessary equipment (a GoTO telescope, adequate mounting for the camera, a relatively good digital camera, knowledge on the adequate exposition time, filters and other details).
Slooh operates on a monthly fee model :
COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP $4.95/mo: (limitations apply)
- Reserve telescopes and robotically control them
- Live viewing of telescope feeds
- Image Capture/Astrophotography
- Capture images while away
- Personal photo storage and gallery -- ‘My Pictures’
- Unlimited Clubhouse access, where amateur astronomers share images, techniques and ideas.
- Access to all Live Featured Shows of important celestial events
- Access to all recorded Slooh shows since 2008
ASTRONOMER MEMBERSHIP $24.95/mo
- Community Membership, no limits
- Scientific Collaboration: participate in Slooh/NASA asteroid tracking and pro-am comet monitoring (Holy space exploration!, Batman!)
Messier 81 - From Teide Slooh Observatory, Telescope 1
Messier 81 (also known as NGC 3031 or Bode's Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy about 12 million light years away in the constellation Ursa Major.
Some usefull tips
1. Familiarize yourself with the site and the interface, ask questions to other users at the forum.
2. The telescope points to a specific celestial object 5 minutes to capture a good image. So each mission is 5 minutes length.
3. Snap pictures near the end (95% to 100%) of the process of light gathering (there is an indicator with the amount of light), that way you get the best image.
4. When you decide to take a picture of a specific object, don't get distracted, because when the 5 minutes end....also does the time to take a picture...
5. Be patient, some times the telescope could be offline, due to weather conditions or technical difficulties.
Jupiter from Slooh Telescope
Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and is the largest one in the solar system. If you look closer, will notice one of the smalls Galilean moons ( to the left), probably the one named IO.