You can request that your own astronomical images be taken by the observatory using our Twitter, Facebook Messenger, 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, Facebook Help, or Email Help pages to get started.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • The Email interface is restricted to students taking SMU astronomy courses and those previously approved by the Observatory Director. Please do not request authorization by email unless you are in one of these two groups. Use the Twitter or Facebook Messenger interfaces instead.
  • Do not request access from more than one interface (eg. Facebook and Twitter). Only one interface is allowed for each person!

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
  • where you are located
  • why you want to use the observatory

@smubgobs #authorize I am Suzie Stargazer and I need to the use the BGO for my ASTR1100 course.

@smubgobs #authorize I am John Smith from Toronto and am interested cool technology and astronomy.

@smubgobs #authorize I am Jane Skywalker, a teacher and I want to share images with my students.

Using a Twitter Direct Message

Send a direct message to @smubgobs like the examples shown below. Don't just copy the example text! Tell us:

  • your full name
  • where you are located
  • why you want to use the observatory

#authorize I am Suzie Stargazer and I need to the use the BGO for my ASTR1100 course.

#authorize I am John Smith from Toronto and am interested cool technology and astronomy.

#authorize I am Jane Skywalker, a teacher and I want to share images with my students.

Using Facebook Messenger

Initiate a Facebook Messenger conversation using the Message button near the the upper right of the observatory's Facebook page (you can also use the Facebook Messenger app with your mobile device). Send a message like the examples shown below. Don't just copy the example text! Tell us:

  • your full name
  • where you are located
  • why you want to use the observatory

#authorize I am Suzie Stargazer and I need to the use the BGO for my ASTR1100 course.

#authorize I am John Smith from Toronto and am interested cool technology and astronomy.

#authorize I am Jane Skywalker, a teacher and I want to share images with my students.

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 need to use BGO for my ASTR2100 project.


A human will review your request and get back to you. Note that if you request authorization from more than one interface, each is considered a different observer, and this is not allowed. If in future you wish to change interfaces, this is easily done.


After you become authorized, you will interact with the observatory as described on one of these pages:

Use the interface that you were authorized on. You also may want to review the Twitter Tutorial page.

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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