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    Default Would you use a remote scope if the cost was really reasonable? Club Research



    Our club is doing a research project on the needs/wants of our members in which I am providing some "statistical" help. And the subject of cloudy periods (which we get sometimes in Oregon) came up as a very negative impact on all observing activity. While you can rent time on remote scopes, it is very expensive. So one potential way to give people more access without breaking the club's pocket book would to do something like a 14" SCT/ 4" APO combo remote scope which could supported with a combination of a portion of club dues and small user fees. If you had such access for both imaging and live remote viewing say in 10 minute segments for $5 would you be interested. Scope would be in a very dark site.

    One of the key issues is that in Oregon clouds negatively impact the use of equipment and thus the enjoyment of this hobby. It is possible that the club might offer others clubs use rates (in small segments) at much less than what is commercially available. Any insights and opinions would be greatly appreciated.
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    Default Re: Would you use a remote scope if the cost was really reasonable? Club Research

    I have used a remote scope when weather conditions made use of my own impractical. The cost has to be negligible for it to be practical for most amateurs, who have already sunk a bundle into their own equipment.
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    Default Re: Would you use a remote scope if the cost was really reasonable? Club Research

    If I had helped with putting the remote observatory together I would be interested. Otherwise it would be not personal enough to enjoy it, much like pulling images off the internet or any other remote telescope.
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    Default Re: Would you use a remote scope if the cost was really reasonable? Club Research

    It might fun to piddle around with as a novelty but it would quickly loose my attention.

    Cloudy and moonlit nights are something we all endure and make those clear moonless nights all that much more precious.

    Also 10 minutes is not long enough to do any serious imaging, heck we shoot single frames that long and longer. One would have to monopolize the rig for hours for imaging.
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    Also 10 minutes is not long enough to do any serious imaging, heck we shoot single frames that long and longer. One would have to monopolize the rig for hours for imaging.
    Absolutely, I forgot about that one. For imaging it would have to be about $10 for the whole night.
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    Default Re: Would you use a remote scope if the cost was really reasonable? Club Research

    How about for EAA where a minute gets you a pretty good image. How about if it was located in the Southern Hemisphere?
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    I have priced out remote scope site very easy and reasonable for few(3-5) imagers to go in on a site together at a dark site which gets clear favorable viewing for most of year. Prices I have looked at include pier and normal maintenance. To me that is best bang for money spent. One could easily get in over 100 hours per month, and costs across group shared are low. Plus, one can choose the hardware they wish to use.
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    Also 10 minutes is not long enough to do any serious imaging, heck we shoot single frames that long and longer. One would have to monopolize the rig for hours for imaging.
    Yes, this. The one I sometimes use allows 5 1-minute frames per request. Not exactly much to work with, especially in narrowband. And I can't scedule the observation. It runs whenever the scheduler algorithm feels like it. The price is right, is the only advantage.
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    Default Re: Would you use a remote scope if the cost was really reasonable? Club Research

    My guess is no. I'm currently spending more time/money rebuilding my equipment than I am observing yet I'm still having fun.
    Plus the thought that I'm looking at the universe through a scope no bigger than Galileo used 400 years ago tickles my imagination.
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