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Remote Astronomical Observing with Global Rent-A-Scope (GRAS)
Scored as excellent.
The quality of the telescopes and their mountings.
The ability to do filtered observation - both narrow and broadband.
Fault and/or problem diagnosis and resolution.
Location of northern hemisphere scopes.
Potential for short term projects and targets of opportunity.
Scored as good
Availability of scopes after midnight.
Location of southern hemisphere scopes.
Ability to book time on telescopes.
Scored as average
Availability of scopes before midnight.
Scored as poor
Wikis and website (over-complex, some pages out of date or misleading, little participation by paying members)
Scored as very poor
Potential for long term projects of over 6 months.
It is a considerable act of faith for the paying customer to assume that the desired telescopic facilities will still be available months or even years after they have signed a contract and made their payment. Equipment failure, “Acts of God” or even a change of policy by the scope owner/operator can stop any project at any stage.
Disclaimer - In these days when cynicism is so rife I feel obliged to point out that I have never had any financial inks with Global Rent-A-Scope (GRAS) other than as a paying customer. Any views expressed are my personal views and should not be taken as representing those of Global Rent-A-Scope (GRAS).
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This Observation was published on 25th February, 2009 at 17:07:22 and has been viewed 7500 times.
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The full citation for this Observation is:|
Nicholson, M. (2009). Remote Observing with Global Rent-A-Scope (GRAS). PHILICA.COM Observation number 51.