Welcome to the NLO young observers group – the ASTROSCOUTS.

As a Astroscout you will meet together and also join with the adult observers for talks.

The aim of the Astroscouts is to allow you: to learn about the night skies and the historic telescopes, to understand about our universe and in particular our galaxy and solar system, and to be able to observe, draw or image objects in the night sky.
To assist you in this we have four different programs for you to progress through:

  • Sky Explorer
  • Sky Cadet
  • Sky Trooper
  • Astro Ranger
  • Astro Adventurer

Each program will take a different length of time, involve a variety of research, and practical observing tasks, and when completed will earn you a Certificate and badge.

Sky Explorer: (sample Program)
To achieve this you will need to:

  • Attend a minimum of 10 classes on Friday nights
  • Learn how to use a planisphere
  • Be able to recognise, draw and point out the constellations of Ursa Major, Cassiopeia, Leo and Cygnus.
  • Be able to find the north star, Polaris, and explain how to locate it in the sky
  • Present your observing log which will show you have used one of the Historic telescopes
  • Observe at least two different stars and a planet.
  • Observe the moon and learn the names of the seas and at least 3 craters
  • List five astronomical terms learnt in class and be able to explain them.

Bring binoculars if you have them. A folding chair will be useful when looking up at the night sky

Please note the Norman Lockyer Observatory has adopted a Child Protection Policy