PBS Broadcast, 'Seeing in the Dark' Sparks an Unprecedented Offer From Global-Rent-a-scope (GRAS) to Those with a Burning Desire to Try Remote Imaging for Themselves

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A recent PBS broadcast aired in the US highlighted advances in remote astronomy technology. The RAS Observatory of New Mexico (RASO) has been engaged in this activity for several years and can provide immediate access to sophisticated advance research systems at very reasonable costs. GRAS provides the actual telescope access for RASO.

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It is really quite amazing ... in some cases the researchers will have captured and retrieved their personal data, begin analyzing, documenting and reporting their latest findings to various scientific data repositories within hours. The faint stream of photons they captured may have been traveling through space for over thousands of light years.

Arnie Rosner, the owner and creator of GRAS (http://www.global-rent-a-scope.com), was so impressed by the overwhelming response to the PBS broadcast of "Seeing in the Dark" that he felt compelled to make some special offers to provide those with a strong yearning to try out remote astronomy for themselves.

Rosner stated, "No one can even begin to visualize this personal mind expanding experience and the incredible elation and awe at seeing their own images magically appear on their own computer monitor." Arnie continued, "This generally makes such an emotional impact that the viewer's concept of the universe will be changed forever."

To participate in this incredible limited opportunity visit the RAS Observatory at http://www.ras-observatory.org (RAS Observatory) and check out the special offer tab where you can simply click on the available PayPal button to participate and purchase this special offer of 25 points for only $25.00. (Weather permitting all systems will be available to users except G7 which is being refitted with different optics at the moment.)

For the much more adventurous individuals that love a mystery we have provided a much less obvious link to the PayPal system that will provide you with a more interesting opportunity. However, you will have to work harder to earn this extra benefit. This special access is in plain site, located somewhere on the site. Good luck if you elect to go for the added benefit.

As was announced yesterday, the regular membership activities are also available. Here is a repeat of that announcement:

Dr. Ed Wiley, the director of the RAS Observatory http://www.ras-observatory.org (Remote Astronomical Society of New Mexico), announced today that a new membership program is now available to amateur astronomers, professional astronomers and the general public.. This exciting program is designed to provide amateur astronomers with similar remote observing facilities currently only enjoyed by professional astronomers. An added attraction to the six sophisticated Takahashi telescope systems mounted on Paramount robotic mounts is their access to the pristine dark skies of New Mexico, USA.

Equipped with sensitive chilled detectors some of these systems have been used to discover asteroids that were fainter than 20th magnitude. Every clear night (normally about 250 nights a year) hundreds of CCD (Charged Coupled Devices) images are captured under the direction and control of both individual and groups of observers operating the RAS Observatory (RASO) telescopes from computers located all over the globe. At the end of each exposure, the images are downloaded from the cameras (also referred to as detectors), compressed and transferred to strategically located, high-speed servers. The researchers then connect to the high-speed servers via the Internet and retrieve their science data.

Dr. Wiley quipped, "It is really quite amazing ... in some cases the researchers will have captured and retrieved their personal data, begin analyzing, documenting and reporting their latest findings to various scientific data repositories within hours. The faint stream of photons they captured may have been traveling through space for over thousands of light years."

Wiley, went on to comment, "Professional astronomers have many resources available to them provided by universities and other research facilities funded in part by grants. Now amateur astronomers will also be able to participate in a similar fashion and at reasonably inexpensive rates.

The RAS Observatory has negotiated a special arrangement with Global-Rent-a-scope, http://www.global-rent-a-scope.com the premiere international service provider of internet access to the GRAS remote telescope network. The GRAS network provides observing resources to members of the RAS Observatory http://www.ras-observatory.org at special research rates.

Asked about future plans, Dr. Wiley responded, "We are engaged in developing individual and collaborative research efforts, in both, the northern and southern hemisphere. Many of our US and internationally based observers are pursuing asteroid research, the study of exoplanets, cataclysmic variables, and binary stars as part of the current activities."

Wiley, went on to extend an invitation to any interested parties that might wish to participate in an active research membership for as little as $50 per month to contact us for more details.

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