Equipment Rental Rates
Subscription Plan A:
TWO (2) complete data sets per month, including master calibration frames, delivered via direct download link. Images will be selected through a monthly survey that will be made available online to all paying subscribers of a system.
Subscription Plan B:
FOUR (4) complete data sets per month, including master calibration frames, delivered via direct download link. Images will be selected through a monthly survey that will be made available online to all paying subscribers of a system.
Custom Data Sets:
Minimum of 12 sub-exposures @ 5min each and $2.50 per frame. Master Calibration files will be included. Contact us for more information.
How It Works:
Since subscription services are being offered to maximize the availability of each available imaging system, targets will be selected democratically through an online poll. This will be conducted using Google polls, and at the beginning of each month a link will be emailed to all subscribers of a particular system. No google account is required to partake in this poll, just internet access and a working email address.
The poll will contain 20 targets that have been pre-selected by GMO staff for compatibility with each respective systems. Subscribers may then select their top 5 choices from the 20 available options, with the top 4 highest ranked objects being selected as the final targets for the following month. Selections must be made before the 15th of the month in order to be counted, and those who miss this deadline will have to accept the group’s selection. Subscribers for Plan A will receive data on the top TWO most popular targets, and subscribers to Plan B will receive data from the top FOUR most popular targets. Once selected a target will not be re-imaged by the same system for one year.
Depending on the system the list of potential targets will include a mix of broadband and narrowband options. The poll will indicate what type of data is being acquired, but GMO staff recommend that subscribers try to vote for an even mix of broadband and narrowband targets. The selected targets will be imaged over the course of the following month, with data being made available as it is completed. Subscribers will be advised of the final monthly selections before the data is acquired, and should the weather conditions prevent us from capturing selected data then subscribers will be credited for the following month. Any cancellations for subscription services must be made before the first of the month as well, and refunds will not be given for cancellations made after that time.
- Subscribers receive the target selection poll on January 1st.
- Subscribers have until January 15th to complete the poll.
- Final selections announced some time between January 16th to the 31st.
- Imaging begins on selected targets February 1st, and all data from the January poll will be available by February 28th.
Data sets for each target will include no less than 4hr of light frame data but the final amount will be at the discretion of Grand Mesa Observatory staff. In addition to total exposure time, GMO staff reserves the right to decide exactly how much data is acquired for each filter (where applicable), but calculations will be made to maximize the effectiveness of a system for any objects selected. All data sets will include master calibration files for that particular system, including a master dark, bias, and flat file. Individual calibration frames can be made available upon request but will not be included standard to help minimize data usage.