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Terms and Conditions

Use of the Telescopes

We cannot guarantee any given observation will be carried out. Factors such as weather, maintenance and telescope time availability may prevent observations being undertaken, however, every effort will be made to re-schedule observations where possible.

We reserve the right to limit or restrict access to observations and observing requests in the event of an apparent security breach. In such circumstances we will send out new passwords as soon as possible.

Schools are given the right to use their observations for non-commercial and educational purposes only. All other use must be agreed with the operators of the telescope.


All NSO software has been tested in schools prior to being made available for general use by registered schools; however, we cannot guarantee reliability in all circumstances. It is recommended that software is installed by somebody with knowledge of your system and tested before use with students.

A site licence for all NSO software is allocated to each school on registration and entitles the registered school to make copies of NSO software for educational purposes within the institution. This licence also entitles the registered school to make one copy of the software available per student for use on their personal home computer as part of the schools education programme. Teachers can also make a personal copy of the software.


All support is given freely and to best ability and no liability can be taken where information provided causes loss or damage.

Limitations of Liability

In no event will Liverpool John Moores University be liable to you for any consequential, indirect, incidental, punitive or special damages that may occur when accessing the National Schools Observatory (NSO) website or using NSO software / computer-based learning resources for what ever purpose.

Data Protection

Information provided by schools when registering with the National Schools' Observatory will be kept within Liverpool John Moores University and may be used by the University to send marketing material and information to the named school representative.

In addition, your school name will be passed onto STEMNET, and may be used to improve your school's standing for STEM subjects.

Other than that, data will NOT be passed on to any other third parties.

Liverpool John Moores University is registered with the Data Protection Act.


If you have any comments on or queries about these terms and conditions, please contact us.


Please note that over the weekend of the 26-28th May 2017 we will be switching over to our brand new website - during this time there may be periods where the site is difficult to access, and users will be unable to request observations from the telescope. Please bear with us during this time. All should be back up and running by the 29th May 2017.