Telescope provision in cooperation with Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics (ISONscope)


  • The first round ISONscope awardees have been announced, congratulations to the Kenya Space Agency and the Nigeria Centre for Basic Space Science, watch our announcement of awardees event through the link !
  • The second round of ISONscope will be open soon! Stay tuned for the new round!


The ISONscope programme is a joint cooperation programme under the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON), for the provision of small telescopes to academic and research institutions in developing countries. In addition, this opportunity also offers assistance for the establishment of telescope-related facilities and the training of specialists on the use of the telescope. Future rounds will be updated here, please stay tuned for the latest information.

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The first round of the ISONscope opportunity opened in 2021. In the first round, our awardees are the Kenya Space Agency and the Centre for Basic Space Science of the National Space Research and Development Agency from Nigeria! 

They are going to have their own telescopes and participate in the ISON network with the help of the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics.

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This opportunity is in collaboration with the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences (KIAM RAS). KIAM coordinates the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON), which mainly focuses on collecting observational data on space debris and near-Earth objects for space situational awareness and precise determination of near-Earth object orbits. Visit their website to know more about KIAM RAS.

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