Pricing and Reservation

The Remote Observatories are available without monthly
subscription fee on a reservation basis.

base rate

per imaging hour

Alnitak charges for imaging hours only and the technical overhead time is not billed.

Volume and moon illumination discounts are applicable.
Image Description
  • Pricing as low as $23.40 per moonless imaging hour for long projects.
  • 0 to 60% volume discounts available.
  • All imaging sessions must be reserved in advance via our on-line scheduling system.
  • The service we provide is billed per-minute using the actual imaging (exposure) time used.
  • Your account is charged only after the images have been acquired and access to your FITS files has been enabled online, with volume and Moon illumination discounts applied, as described below.
  • The minimum reservation time is 15 minutes.


More volume – more discounts.

Amount Prior to Discount Discount
< $300.00 0%
$301.00 to $539.00 15%
$540.00 to $1,439.00 35%
$1,440.00 to $3,359.00 50%
$3,360.00 to $9,999.00 60%
> $9,999.00 Contact us

Volume discounts apply to the base pricing at the purchase of credits.

Discounted pricing is the most cost-efficient option to acquire telescope access for deep sky imaging projects, patrols and research, especially for institutional accounts. Combined with Moon illumination discounts, the cost per imaging hour could be a fraction of the original base cost per hour—as low as the 30% of the base cost.

Alnitak charges for imaging hours only and the technical overhead time is not billed. For example, if your observation plan results in 15 minutes of exposures, your account will be charged for the equivalent of 15 minutes in points, and the charge will not include the time spent for standard technical overhead time spent to operate the telescope.

Moon Illumination Discounts

In addition to the volume discounts described above, telescope time is discounted as following based on the Moon illumination on any given night:

Moon Illumination Discount
25-49% 10%
50-74% 30%
75% and above 50%

Included Service

With your purchase, Alnitak Remote Observatories provides:

Access to the telescope
No monthly or membership fees
Whole system fully managed by our teams on and off-site
Account charged for imaging (exposure) time only
No charge for technical overhead time
Reservation system to schedule automatic imaging sessions
Delivery of fully calibrated and raw FITS files
Optional astrometric solution included
Ensemble photometry of known variable stars and minor planets
Delivery of separate dark, bias and flat calibration frames
All the data is stored 90 days on our servers online
Moon illumination discounts
Technical support via e-mail and ticketing system
All the data belongs to you, 100% ownership
Full privacy
Full satisfaction guarantee refunds

Alnitak Remote Observatories runs a program called ARTA that provides free telescope access for students, professional researchers and astronomy amateurs to conduct high-precision photometry, astrometry, and multiband imaging for educational and scientific purposes.



Alnitak Remote Observatories provides full satisfaction guarantee. We will issue full refund if the data has arrived poorly calibrated or with defects due to poor tracking, equipment malfunction or any other reason. The refund claim can be submitted online and is usually processed within 24 hours.