Getting Started with the NSO

Once you've registered for an account the entire website is yours to access. Why not explore the site to get you started.

We have menus across the top of the page which will take you to different sections.

  • If you want to learn about what's interesting int he world of astronomy why not check out our news pages, this is also where we'll keep you up to date with what's happening with the NSO.
  • Want to dive in and start taking observations using the Liverpool Telescope right away? Then head straight to the Go Observing section.
  • Fancy testing your knowledge of space, or finding out something new? Then the Discover section is for you, access a wide range of exciting resources from classroom activities (complete with lesson plans), STEM club resources, short activities and interactive quizzes, or more advanced research-focused projects.
  • Want to know something about galaxies, the Moon or life elsewhere in the Universe? Then check out our Learn section, full of accurate information, written by professional astronomers, about all things space.
  • Need some inspiration? The why not look through our Gallery section, full of the most beautiful observations taken by our users with the Liverpool Telescope.
  • Lost on how to use the software or submit an observation? Or just want to listen to interviews with astronauts, or find out the answer to questions like: What caused the Big Bang? Will we ever be able to travel faster than the speed of light? or What's inside a Blackhole? Then why not check out our dedicated YouTube channel to see what videos are on offer.
  • Got an amazing image you just can't wait to share, or a burning question you need the answer to? The head to the forums and engage with other users, or submit your observations to see if you can make it into the image of the month gallery!
  • Finally, if you are stuck and need help then you're in the right section - hopefully the links below will answer any questions you may have - if not the please get in touch!
  • Steps Description
    Learn about the NSOfind out more about the National Schools' Observatory.
    Manage your Accountregistered teachers can create student usernames and passwords.
    Learn how to Observewatch tutorials on how to request observations from the telescope.
    Learn how to Analysewatch tutorials on how we analyse data from the telescope.
    Download LTImageNSO's own software for viewing and analysing your images.