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THE NEW HOME FOR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY OFFERS YOU

A WHOLE NEW WAY TO OBSERVE THE NIGHT SKY

IF YOU ARE AN EXPERT astrophotographer OR JUST STARTING OUT AND YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE MOST AFFORDABLE WAY TO OBSERVE THE NIGHT SKY – AT ANY GIVEN TIME – AND FOR THE MOST COMPLETE OFFERING ON THE MARKET, KEEP READING THIS PAGE BECAUSE WE HAVE INCREDIBLE NEWS FOR YOU!

OUR MISSION

What we believe in

We believe that astrophotography should be more accessible to everyone and that all the wonders hidden in the night sky should be easier to observe.

For these reasons, we decided to break down the main barriers to astrophotography:

We cut the incredibly high costs that you have to bear to practice this passion.

We open the gates to an endless stream of observations and make them available to everyone.

We declare war on the steep learning curve that you have to go through when approaching this hobby.

We are doing so by giving astrophotographers the possibility of working with data taken from professional and top-notch quality telescopes located in both hemispheres and under the best night-skies.

We offer the most affordable way ever to access observations of every night-sky object continuously obtained with such telescopes.

We provide a tailored onboarding that makes it as easy as ever to start to practice astrophotography.

And we have taken the best instructors out there to teach you all the tricks and tips that will bring your knowledge and abilities to the next level.

Be part of the Astrophotography revolution! Join Telescope Live today.

Problems

ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY COMMON ENEMIES

Bad Weather

We have all experienced the frustration that comes along with not being able to go outside for a session because of bad weather (sometimes even for weeks).

Light Pollution

If you live in a big city or nearby it, the light pollution forces you to drive for many miles looking for a remote spot where you can use your gears.

Southern or Northern hemisphere?

What about the impossibility to shoot at deep-sky objects that are in another hemisphere and that you can’t simply observe from your usual location?

Lack of Time

How many times it happened that all the external elements were favourable, but you simply didn’t have the time to get out in the field?

Moon Interference

More often than not, the moon interferes with your observations, and when she is “Out for the night”, you can forget to gather good quality data.
ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY COMMON ENEMIES
HOW TO DEFEAT THESE ENEMIES?

OPEN DATA ARCHIVE + REMOTE IMAGING

If you want to focus on the post-processing phase (i.e. you want to work on data already acquired), an open data archive of pre-calibrated images is what will let you jump straight into the action.

In other words, this means that you can immediately start working on the raw files and convert them into stunning images.

A remote imaging service allows you to use professional telescopes located in different sites all around the world, through a website/platform.

  • Select the site of the observatory, in either hemisphere.
  • The telescope you want to use.
  • All the settings for your observation, such as filters, exposures, scheduling, etc...
  • And then wait for the automated system for gathering all the data.

After a few hours or days, you will receive the raw data, and you will be able to post-process them with the end result of a stunning picture!

Telescope Live

The Solution To All Astrophotography Problems

The world’s largest archive at your disposal
We have opened to all our members our archive of pre-calibrated images acquired over the years we have been in business.
This means that you will have immediate access to all the data obtained to date since the beginning of Telescope Live.
At the moment we wrote this page, our archive consists of 122 thousand images, corresponding to more than 7,000 hours of observations – basically an entire nonstop year of observing time.
But the best thing is that we will continue to collect new observations, which will be made available as soon as they are acquired. In such a way, our database will be populated more and more over time!
From zero to astrophotography hero
Thanks to our vast range of resources and data sets ready to be downloaded, you will boost your post-processing skills like you never did before.
But we also have lots of material specifically thought for those just starting, and that will guide you through every aspect of creating your first astrophotography pictures. Thanks to our tutorials, you will literally go "From zero to astrophotography hero" in no time!
Forget about bad weather conditions
All our observatories are located under the world’s best skies, where the weather is great for most time of the year (i.e. you can now forget all your weather problems once and for all!). You will have the chance to acquire great astrophotography pictures in the best sky conditions, even when the weather is hitting hard where you live.
Forget about the moon phase
If you want to submit an Advanced Request (an observation specially made for you), thanks to our automated schedule, you can choose the desired moon conditions in which you wish to observe. Select the best moon avoidance constraints for your observation in relation to the object you desire, and we guarantee you the best results!
Time won’t be a problem anymore
If you don't have enough time to collect data with your gears, now you can download images ready to be post-processed, or you can submit an observation request, and our automated service will do that for you. In this second case, you can choose all the observing parameters you prefer (telescope, filters, etc…), and, in a matter of hours or days, you will receive the images you requested ready to be post-processed.
Our automated scheduling allows you to set up observations that can run even for tens of hours without the need to think about how to schedule them. Our automated scheduler routinely takes care of planning your observations in the best possible way, allowing very long requests to be fulfilled optimally.
Light pollution will be just a distant memory
The sites of our observatories are the equivalent of paradise for every astrophotographer. They are located in dream locations, such as deserts and mountains, where the weather is great most of the year and where civilization (and related light pollution) is totally absent.
Observe from both hemispheres without leaving the comfort of your home
With our telescopes located in both hemispheres, you can now take shots of all the objects that you have always dreamt of but that have always been inaccessible before! Moreover, we've got you also covered in case the observation schedule of your chosen target is incompatible with your usual observation location at that specific time of the year. Thanks to our automated scheduling that takes care of all the different factors impeding your observation, this won't be a problem anymore.
what our users say

Testimonials

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The best online platform to get quality datasets for astrophotographers. My Astro-image processing skill drastically increased using datasets from Telescope Live. Quality of data matters if you want to pull out the useful information from it - Telescope Live provides you that "clean data".
Anand Krishna
Anand Krishna
Wow! Simply wow!

Telescope Live is the easiest and highest quality remote astrophotography platform I have ever used.

I’ve struggled before with unavailability of systems, poor frames, and expensive time.

Telescope Live allows even the novice to enjoy great quality frames with One Click and Pro Data Sets.

The delivered files are already calibrated and ready to import into your favorite processing software.

No waiting for good weather!

The Advanced Requests allow me more control, and with a simple q&a format that allows me to cite the object and list my exposures. The result is a clear and reliable estimate of the cost. Something I had to always guess at before.

The scheduling system is intuitive and uncluttered. I don’t have to calculate the observing window or moon phase beforehand.

Wait! There’s more.

The tutorials a concise and spot on. The tutors are friendly, helpful, and available for questions and have my best interest in mind with techniques that are within the realm of my expertise.

I really can go on and on.
Telescope Live is now my go to astrophotography platform.

I have processed and published multiple targets in just one day.

Keep it up!

I can’t wait until I can move to a Gold subscription.

Thank you for bringing the stars down to earth.
Jim DeLillo
Jim DeLillo
Fantastic Platform.
Quality, Price, Ease of Use, Flexibility, Results!! - Support
I have used most of the remote telescopes platforms and nothing compares to Telescope Live
Adeleye
Adeleye
A must-have for those wanting a magnificent opportunity to use superior scopes

It's great to be able to use great scopes with great skies. I have my own advanced setup in Wisconsin. While I can get some good results with my setup the skies are almost never clear and have lots of atmospheric disturbance. I have been able to finally start to hone my processing skills by using telescope live as I can get lots of high-quality images to practice on!
Dean
Dean

3 ways to observe the night sky

OBSERVING MODAILITY #1

ONE-CLICK OBSERVATIONS

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ONE-CLICK OBSERVATIONS
  • The One-Click Observations are the easiest and most convenient way to obtain processed images and raw data from our telescopes.
  • Since no previous knowledge is required (you literally need just one click to obtain the images), this kind of observation is crazily easy to use, and it’s also the most affordable way available on the market to gather data!
  • Since each One-Click Observation is curated by our team of expert astronomers and astrophotographers, you will leave the complexities of setting up the observations to our expert observers and you will effortlessly download fully calibrated images ready to be post-processed.
  • You can chose from our catalogue of deep-sky objects observations acquired over several years with thousands of images at your disposal.
  • When you will download a One-Click Observations, you will get both the original raw data sets and a high quality coloured picture ready to be shared.
  • You will get immediate access to the data grabbed without having to wait for days to obtain your images delivered and without waiting for clear skies.
  • All the One-Click Observations are regularly obtained from our network of telescopes, offering you a wide choice of raw images that is constantly increasing over time.
OBSERVING MODAILITY #2

Advanced Requests

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Advanced requests
  • Observe deep sky objects or minor solar system bodies, specifying their name and coordinates.
  • Exclusive access to any of the 10 telescopes located in Chile, Spain or Australia, from small wide-field refractors to large 1-m reflectors.
  • Select the filters and exposures you wish to use. We have top-quality cameras across the entire network and complete sets of Astrodon astrophotography filters.
  • Perform photometric observations using any of our larger telescopes, and using Sloan photometric filters.
  • Use our Automated Scheduling mode, to automatically schedule your observations, or use Custom Scheduling to choose exactly when to take your observations.
Benefits

WHAT YOU WILL GET WITH THE FREE TRIAL

We want to offer you the possibility to try our Silver Plan for one week. This is the perfect solution for both intermediate and advanced astrophotographers. After the first free week, you can decide to subscribe for only $19/month.

With the free trial, you will receive 5 Telescope Live Credits that you can use to download both One-Click Observations and Observation Bundles (i.e. collections of One-Click Observations ever obtained for a given object from the same telescope and filters).

Moreover, you will access all our learning resources: the Standard and Premium video tutorials. The Standard ones will guide you through the basics of astrophotography, while the Premium ones are super detailed and advanced videos curated by world-renowned astrophotographers that will enormously increase your observing and processing skills!

what our users say

testimonials

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The best online platform to get quality datasets for astrophotographers. My Astro-image processing skill drastically increased using datasets from Telescope Live. Quality of data matters if you want to pull out the useful information from it - Telescope Live provides you that "clean data".
user
Anand Krishna
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Jacob Jones
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Top-Notch Quality Professional Telescopes At Your Service

TELESCOPES

El Sauce Observatory, Chile

El Sauce

Located in the Rio Hurtado Valley, Chile, El Sauce provides one of the darkest skies available to amateur astronomers. Used by both NASA and ESA the Rio Hurtado Valley offers in excess of 320 clear nights per year with optimal seeing.
Telescope model
CHI-1, 60cm F6.5 Reflector
CHI-1, 60cm F6.5 Reflector

CHI-1, 60cm F6.5 Reflector

CHI-1 is a Planewave CDK24, a 24 inch (61 cm) telescope with Corrected Dall Kirkham optical design, situated in the Rio Hurtado valley, Chile. It is equipped with a set of Astrodon astrophotography filters as well as Sloan photometry filters and it's therefore an excellent choice for both scientific applications and astrophotography of deep sky objects.
CHI-2, 50 cm F3.6 Reflector
CHI-2, 50 cm F3.6 Reflector

CHI-2, 50 cm F3.6 Reflector

CHI-2 is an ASA 500N, a 19.6 inch (50 cm) is a Newtonian telescope with field corrector, situated in the Rio Hurtado valley, Chile. It is an identical setup to CHI-4. It is equipped with a set of Astrodon astrophotography filters filters and thanks to its wide field of view it's an ideal instrument astrophotography of deep sky objects.
CHI-3, 100 cm F6.8 Reflector
CHI-3, 100 cm F6.8 Reflector

CHI-3, 100 cm F6.8 Reflector

CHI-3 is an ASA 1000, a 39 inch (100 cm) telescope with a Ritchey Chretien design, situated in the Rio Hurtado valley, Chile. It is equipped with a set of Astrodon astrophotography filters. This large aperture telescope is an excellent choice for both scientific applications and astrophotography of deep sky objects.
CHI-4, 50 cm F3.6 Reflector
CHI-4, 50 cm F3.6 Reflector

CHI-4, 50 cm F3.6 Reflector

CHI-4 is an ASA 500N, a 19.6 inch (50 cm) is a Newtonian telescope with field corrector, situated in the Rio Hurtado valley, Chile. It is an identical setup to CHI-2. It is equipped with a set of Astrodon astrophotography filters filters and thanks to its wide field of view it's an ideal instrument astrophotography of deep sky objects.
IC Astronomy Observatory, Spain

IC Astronomy

Located 14 kilometres outside of Oria, a desert valley with the lowest rainfall and maximum number of dark nights in Europe. The seeing provided by the 1200m altitude provides excellent quality to images. The region is also home to the largest European observatory, the Calar Alto complex.
Telescope model
SPA-1, 10cm F3.6 Refractor
SPA-1, 10cm F3.6 Refractor (OFFLINE)

SPA-1, 10cm F3.6 Refractor (OFFLINE)

SPA-1 is a Takahashi FSQ-106ED (106 mm) F3.6 telescope, situated at IC Astronomy Observatory, Spain. It is equipped with a set of Astrodon astrophotography filters and it is an excellent choice for wide field of view astrophotography of deep sky objects.
SPA-2, 70cm F8.0 Reflector
SPA-2, 70cm F8.0 Reflector

SPA-2, 70cm F8.0 Reflector

SPA-2 is an Officina Stellare 70cm (27.5 inches) F8 with RC design reflector telescope, situated in Oria, Spain. It is equipped with a set of Astrodon astrophotography and Sloan narrowband filters, and it is therefore an excellent choice for astrophotography of deep sky objects and for scientific applications such as photometry.
SPA-3, 10cm F3.6 Refractor
SPA-3, 10cm F3.6 Refractor

SPA-3, 10cm F3.6 Refractor

SPA-3 is a Takahashi FSQ-106EDX4 (106 mm) F3.6 telescope, situated in IC Astronomy Observatory, Spain. It is equipped with a set of Astrodon astrophotography and it is an excellent choice for wide field of view astrophotography of deep-sky objects.
Heaven's Mirror

Heaven's Mirror

Located in the outskirts of Yass in New South Wales, Australia, Heaven's Mirror observatory provides excellent seeing and number of clear night
Telescope model
AUS-2, 10cm F3.6 Refractor
AUS-2, 10cm F3.6 Refractor

AUS-2, 10cm F3.6 Refractor

AUS-2 is a Takahashi FSQ-106ED (106 mm) F3.6 telescope, situated in Heaven's Mirror Observatory, Australia. It is equipped with a set of Astrodon astrophotography filters and it is an excellent choice for wide field of view astrophotography of deep sky objects.
RESOURCES

Learn from the best

With the 1-week free trial of the Silver Plan, you’ll have access to all the video tutorials available on our platform, including the Premium ones.

These videos will greatly increase your processing skills, and are published regularly.

All our tutorials are curated by our team of experts but also by some famous astrophotographers that decided to patronage Telescope Live.

Some names that you might have heard of and that collaborates with us in the creation of such tutorials are Nik Szymanek, Adam Block, Peter Jenkins, and many others.

Moreover, thanks to our growing community (counting thousands of members), you will be able to connect with other astrophotographers, APOD winners, insiders and leading experts. Learn from them, share your work and get inspired by the world's most talented observers.

Learn from the best
RESOURCES

Community and Contests

Even if it may sound counterintuitive (since astrophotography is, for most people, a solo kind of hobby), we know that astrophotographers always try to connect with other people that share the same passion.

This is one of the reasons why we have created a huge community of passionate astrophotographers and space enthusiasts that constantly share their knowledge, tricks and tips.

By becoming a member of Telescope Live, you too can be part of this great community, getting to know new people that have in common your same passion and by whom you can learn many new techniques and best practices.

Moreover, to “spice things up” a little bit, we have different contests with great prizes up for grabs each month.

If you participate in these contests, you will have a new way to test your abilities and have your work evaluated by some of the best astrophotographers out there.

IMAGE QUALITY GUARANTEED

Forget About POOR Image Quality – We Got You Covered With Our Guarantee

The most important thing for us is to offer you the possibility to observe the night skies from both hemispheres in the best possible conditions.
This is the reason why our telescopes and equipment are all scientific-grade and regularly maintained.
But this isn’t enough because, as we know, many issues can still arise during an observation.
Since we know how painful it can be to get your picture “ruined”, we can reassure you that all the images taken go through a quality control carried out by automated algorithms and then are verified by our expert staff before we deliver them to you.
If for any reason, the picture taken is compromised, we schedule a new observation until the right photo (or data) comes out like you are expecting it.
In such a way, we can be sure that your observation will be exactly the one you paid for. That’s our guarantee!

The only thing left to do now is to start your 1-week free trial and observe the night sky as you never did before