Thank you for your interest in registering with the National Schools' Observatory (NSO).

Registration is free, simple and takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Once you are registered you can immediately access all that the NSO has to offer. The main reason we ask you to create an account is to enable you to use the telescope and so the telescope has somewhere to send the observations once completed. We will of course NEVER pass on your data to anyone else without your permission.

The NSO also provides educational resources to help with the challenging task of teaching science, technology and mathematics in the classroom environment. It has long been known that astronomy creates a sense of excitement and wonder in pupils of all ages. The NSO taps into that interest to further the pupil's knowledge of science and mathematics, while at the same time improve computer literacy and communications skills, strengthen critical thinking and provide experience the real-world application of science and technology.

Using astronomical telescopes is the most important feature of this website and schools registered with the Schools' Observatory have the opportunity to make their observations using the Liverpool Telescope, the world's largest fully robotic telescope. Over the past 12 months, we have had 10896 observing requests from schools.

Once an observing request has been completed, pupils are able to login to their NSO account and download the telescope data, then use special image processing software called LTImage (provided for free via this website) to analyse the resulting images.

You can register in one of two ways:

The following table contains details about the different FREE registration options, we also have a dedicated page to get you started.

Access Level User Student Teacher
Limited access to the Liverpool Telescope

Access to activities, quizzes and worksheets

Access to all lessons and activities with resources and lesson plans included

Comprehensive astronomical online 'textbook'

Newsletter signup - advanced notice of important NSO events

Access to forums where you engage with astronomers, ask questions and seek ideas.

Ability to submit observations to the gallery

Enhanced access to the Liverpool Telescope - ability to request a wider range of astronomical objects


Support and revision material for GCSE Astronomy


Dedicated Student discussion Forums (Teachers can view but not post)


Ability to create individual student accounts


Manage student accounts


Dedicated teacher support material


CPD opportunities


Dedicated Teacher discussion Forums