Astrophotography and Scientific Imaging
Alnitak offers remote access to the 0.43 m Dall-Kirkham telescope in the observatory at the southern edge of Sierra del Segura mountain range in Spain, at the elevation of 1,650 m.
Alnitak Remote Observatory
The 0.43 m corrected Dall-Kirkham telescope is installed in the observatory at the southern edge of Sierra del Segura mountain range in Spain, at the elevation of 1,650 m. The location is part of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park which is the largest protected area in Spain and second largest in Europe, declared as biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1983.
The telescope is dual-optimized for scientific imaging and deep sky astrophotography purposes and offers a full set of color, narrowband and Johnson-Cousins photometric filters. The 60-Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor installed features very high quantum efficiency level peaking above 87%.
The overall design of the telescope is focused on providing a highly efficient platform for astronomical observations for a wide range of missions.
Average seeing at Sierra del Segura, with 21.5 SQM
More than 200 clear nights per year
Pricing and Reservation
The telescope is available without monthly subscription fees and is billed for imaging time only.
Alnitak charges for imaging hours only and the technical overhead time is not billed.
Without monthly subscription fee.
Minimum reservation time.
More imaging hours – lower cost.
You pay only for the actual imaging time used.
Frequently Asked Questions
In order to task Alnitak telescopes, you need to create an imaging plan. We provide graphical user interface utility that allows you to select your astronomical target by name or coordinates, specify the number of images and filters. You can then reserve telescope time via Alnitak calendar and assign your imaging plan to a specific time and night.
Once Alnitak telescope has finished executing your imaging plan, your images will be available for downloading via Alnitak web interface or secure FTP server in FITS format. An e-mail notification will be sent once your FITS files are available online.
We will provide fully calibrated FITS files with bias, dark and flat-frame calibration applied. Raw images will also be available if necessary.