Telescopes on La Palma

NEON Observing Schools

Are you interested in learning about different astronomical observing techniques? Do you want to learn to observe with a professional telescope? Are you eager to try all the observing steps from preparation to data analysis?

Group of students standing in front of a telescope.If you answered yes to any of these questions NEON observing school is for you. During this intensive two week course you will learn all the steps of observations from planning and observing to data reduction and analysis. The hands-on experience will be combined with expert lectures on observational astronomy. As an added bonus you will get to know other young astronomers from all over Europe.

OPTICON will pay all your costs on site, and there is also a possibility for applying travel support from us. Note that there is a very high demand for these schools, and we only choose people with no earlier observing experience with professional 1-2 metre class telescopes.

The yearly NEON Observing Schools for 2017-2020:

  1. 2017 NEON Observing School was hosted from September 3 to September 17 on La Palma by the Nordic Optical Telescope and Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes.
  2. 2018 NEON Observing School was be hosted from September 9 to September 22 in Asiago Observatory, Italy.
  3. 2019 NEON Observing School took place in September 15-29 in the Rozhen Observatory, Bulgaria.
  4. Unfortunately the 2020 NEON Observing School that was planned to take place November 9-20 at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence, France has been postponed due to COVID-19. We will announce the new data for this school on these webpages.

Information on the past NEON Schools can be found here.