Here you will find information on how to communicate with the Burke-Gaffney Observatory (BGO) by Cell phone text messaging. You have to be authorized to interact with the observatory.

The Basics

The observatory monitors its text messaging number. Initiate a conversation by sending a "text" from your Cell phone to 902-966-4729.

Each message must include a supported command #tag. If you don't include a #hashtag, you will not receive a reply. A reply will usually be received within a few seconds or perhaps as long as a few minutes if the observatory is busy or if our text messaging gateway is backed up.

You will receive a reply to your message, either

  • acknowledging what you asked it to do is done
  • providing the requested information
  • or sending you an error message

You will also be messaged when your requested image has been taken and in the morning when full resolution and raw data become available. Look for completed images here

Commands

Many commands are supported. New observers should use those described on the basic page:

Observatory Status

The observatory posts regularly as it is observing on its Twitter Feed (@smubgobs). You can tell it is the observatory posting (instead of a human) when the tags #bgosays or #bgoreplies are used. The former is a general tweet to everyone. The latter means it is replying to someone's tweet.

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