You can request that your own astronomical images be taken by the observatory using either our Twitter or Email interface!

In order to do so, you have to first become an authorized observer. After you are authorized, see either our Twitter Help or Email Help pages to get started.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  • At the present time, authorization requests are welcome from RASC members and others pre-authorized by the owner.
  • The Email interface is restricted to those previously approved by the owner. Please do not request authorization by email unless you are pre-authorized. Use the Twitter interface instead.

To Become Authorized

Using a Twitter Public Tweet

Send a tweet like the examples shown below. Don't just copy the example text! Tell us:

  • your full name (no nick names, handles, etc.)
  • where you are located or your RASC Centre
  • why you want to use the observatory

@abbeyridgeobs #authorize I am Suzie Stargazer of RASC Windsor and I want to use the ARO to learn about imaging.

@abbeyridgeobs #authorize I am James Einstein and I've been in touch with Dave already - gimme access please!

Using a Twitter Direct Message

Send a direct message to @abbeyridgeobs like the examples shown below. Important Note - you may need to follow @abbeyridgeobs in order to receive a reply! Don't just copy the example text! Tell us:

  • your full name (no nick names, handles, etc.)
  • where you are located or your RASC Centre
  • why you want to use the observatory

#authorize I am Suzie Stargazer of RASC Windsor and I want to use the ARO to learn about imaging.

#authorize I am James Einstein and I've been in touch with Dave already - gimme access please!

Using Email

Send an email to:

  • put the word #listentome in the subject line
  • in the email body include text like that shown below all on one line. Don't just copy the example text! Tell us
    • your full name
    • where you are located
    • and why you want to use the observatory

#authorize I am James Einstein and I've been in touch with Dave already - gimme access please!


The owner (last time we checked, he's a human) will review your request and get back to you. Note that if you request authorization from both the Twitter and Email interfaces, each is considered a different observer and is not allowed.


After you become authorized, you will interact with the observatory using either Twitter or EMail - see the links for more information. For lists of Submitted and Completed Observations and a list of Authorized Observers, see the Queues and Observers page.

To get help, use the #human command. We also have a Robotic Imaging at BGO/ARO Facebook group to share your observations and get help.

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