SMARTSCOPE is about bringing the night sky
to everyone through the Internet.
Here are the objectives of the project, as identified and discussed
at our first meeting:
A remotely operated telescope,
with a CCD camera,
designed for deep sky pictures,
with a filter wheel for colours and for the moon.
Public access via the Web,
with trained "key holders" operating while others watch.
An on-line library of pictures.
Available 90% of the time in the Kanata/Ottawa climate.
A published, open architecture.
Easy, low-cost maintenance.
Hardware/software budget of $105,000.
Use and encourage wide participation in the Kanata/Ottawa area.
Real-time operation of the telescope
Special thanks for generous donations of time, expertise and funding from:
If you can help through donations of time, money, or materials, if you
have suggestions for a site to house the telescope, or if you would like
to join the SMART Team, please contact:
Chris Teron: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simple Multiple Access Remote Telescope (SMARTSCOPE)
is a new project undertaken by the Ottawa Centre of the RASC and the City
of Kanata. In 1999, two local astronomy enthusiasts independently had
the idea to build a remote-controlled telescope accessible via the Internet.
Hugh Pett, a resident of Beaverbrook approached the City of Kanata with
his idea. Peter Williams made his proposal to the Ottawa Centre of the
RASC. Fortunately, the two ideas came together in a single joint project.
A team of volunteers is now being organized to specify, design and build
this facility. The key objective is to make real astronomy more accessible
to the general public.
Keep visiting this site for updates as the project develops and comes
As a source of ideas for how the SMARTSCOPE
might work, here are some links to what others have done:
More News Flashes:
- Ground Breaking, Thu. Jun. 6, 2002
- The Pier Pit, Sun. Jun. 9, 2002
- We Have A Swimming Pool, Thu. Jun.
- A Very Pouring Day, Mon. Jul.
- The Pier Tube, Thu.
Jul. 18, 2002
- Operation Backfill,
Jul. 29, 2002
Jul. 31, 2002
- Construction Party,
Aug. 3, 2002
- First Light,
Aug. 6, 2002
- The Dome Is On!,
Aug. 7/8, 2002
- Secured Building, Sun. Aug. 11, 2002
- Stairs and Lights, Tue.
Aug. 13, 2002
- A Stairway To Heaven, Tue.
Sep. 3, 2002
- One Saturday Afternoon, Sat.
Sep. 7, 2002
- A Dedicated Crew, Fri.
Sep. 13, 2002
- Typical SMARTScope
E-mail Exchange, Fri/Sat. Sep. 20/21, 2002
- Lookin' Great, Wed. Oct. 2, 2002
- The Dome Goes Home, Sun. Oct. 26, 2002
- Ready For The Telescope,
Tue. Nov. 12, 2002
- Captain! The Telescope Is Up,
Sun. Dec. 1, 2002
- Fine Tuning The Telescope
Sun. Dec. 8, 2002
- Showing The Stars, Old Fashion Way,
Tus. Dec.17, 2002
This page last modified: November 8, 2006