Using Go Observing

Observing with the LT
Credit: Liverpool Telescope

The NSO's Go Observing tool allows teachers and students to request and download images from the Liverpool Telescope. It has been designed to simplify the process of scheduling observations on a robotic telescope, so that users can request observations with just a few clicks of the mouse.

The observations on offer come from a target database of several hundred pre-selected objects, which were chosen to be interesting, suitably bright and to fit nicely into the field-of-view of the CCD detector. Using the Go Observing system means that users do not have to worry about the following technical issues:

  • whether your chosen object is visible at that time of year or at what point during the night.
  • where to point the telescope at the time selected for your observation.
  • what filters to use, and how long to expose the camera for.
  • whether the Moon will interfere with the observation.

For more information on Go Observing, and a list of frequently asked questions please see this help page.

To help you to better understand the Go Observing system, we have created a screencast movie to guide users through the process of requesting and downloading observations. To see the screencast, please click on the following links: