Pier Lease Info

Our mission is to make remote observatory hosting affordable to a larger portion of the astronomy community. SKYPi provides exceptional service and support with rental of a pier for remote hosting at the best price possible.

Want to team up with another astronomer to share the cost? No problem!

Items and services that SkyPi will provide:

12” or 16″ diameter concrete pier with a 1″ aluminum upper plate, machine drilled for your mounts’ bolt pattern.

Electrical power:

20+ amp, CGFI Circuit protection
Digital Loggers remote switching 10 outlet AC power control.
1500Va Battery Backup.
Internet access :

Secure network and network resources.
Password protected access to all video surveillance.

Emergency services will be dealt with immediately.

Regular equipment maintenance at no additional charge.

Urgent services are taken care of within 24 hours (call/text or e-mail).

A technician and other personnel are available for technical assistance. We are available for assistance with items such as T-point modeling, changing cameras or shipping your equipment for any needed repairs. If issues require staff assistance due to operator error outside of or beyond normal business hours there may be a charge of $50 per hour.
Live sensor tower telemetry (check the website for details).

Locked gate security to the site.

In the event you are not available to bring your equipment to the site it can be shipped to our residence in Mesa, Az. We will transport to the site and disposition it as you desire, (set up or store for your arrival).

Items that you will need to provide or bring to install at the observatory:

Your mount.

Your telescope(s)

Your camera(s).

Your specialized tools.

Your computer.

All cables and power supplies for your hardware.

Equipment insurance, (Client provided).

Be certain that your system is completely operational before moving it to SkyPi. This includes remote operation (we can ship your DLI Web Power Switch to you for pre-arrival testing). It is critical that you work out any “bugs” prior to arriving at SkyPi Remote Observatory, as your time will likely be limited. It can be very frustrating for your equipment to arrive at SkyPi only to find your camera, mount, software or scope are not working properly and needs to be shipped back! Several hours of work at your home, making sure you understand how you will assemble and operate your telescope, will make the experience of setting up (T-point modeling, collimation and finally imaging) relatively simple, rather than a complex and frustrating task. We will gladly assist you with any questions you may have as you set your system up for testing, presumably near your home (prior to bringing or shipping it to us).

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