2. Finding Your Way Around

   | Dashboard | Missions & Observatories |

| Photos & Observations | Workspaces | Support Portal |

The Dashboard

The Dashboard is your home page where you can check the status of the Telescopes, View your Quests, and join or schedule Missions.

Gravity Points

GP or Gravity Points, are the points you earn by going on Missions, completing Quests, and taking Photos. Underneath your name, you will find the amount of GP you've garnered from using The Online Telescope, as well as the name of the Historical Astronomer that represents your GP level.


At the end of each quest, you will be given a badge of completion. That badge will fill in with gold and the insignia related to the quest. As you finish more quests, you'll earn more badges and access to more quest media.

Missions & Observatories


From the dashboard, you can view the status, weather, and operating hours of the telescopes from different Observatories.


The Missions section lets you view any missions that you have either joined or set up yourself. It comes with a sub-section called "Featured Missions." These are missions suggested by Slooh Astronomers that you can join immediately by selecting "Join Mission."

Join Missions

You can join a preexisting mission right from the dashboard! Scroll down to the "Missions" section and select: "Join Mission" right from the featured Missions card.

You can also join any mission set up by other users by clicking the "Mission Setup" option and selecting the "By Telescope" tab. A list of missions that are scheduled by other users will display and you can select the "" icon in the upper right-hand side corner of the mission to join it.

Note: Missions renew automatically after use and can immediately be used again.

Photos & Observations


The Photos section allows you to view any pictures you've taken, any observations you've made, missions you have waiting, and galleries you've created. It also allows you to view your badges and finished quests in the "Quest Media" section.


The "Observations" section allows for observations across the site to be shared among users. You can either view the featured observation wherein you can like and reply, or you can look through community observations, and find one specific to your interests. You can view the "Featured" option, which displays a selection of recent observations that have garnered 10 or more likes, or use the "All" option to see all recently posted observations. As you scroll through the observations, you can also like and comment on them for an extra GP boost.


The Workspaces section is set up for teachers, whether they be K-12 or University professors, and Family Accounts to create private pages and invite their students or family members to join. Here, members can participate in observations and activities together.

 Support Portal

The Support Portal is a section on our site that connects you with any Frequently Asked Questions, troubleshooting tips, and general knowledge. To find the Support Portal select the profile button in the upper Right-Hand corner of the screen:

Then, select "Support Center" from the drop-down menu.

Quick Links: Slooh Support.


This section allows you to look at the objects, guides, star parties, and illuminations that you have previously saved. To access this section, select the user icon in the upper-right-hand corner of the page and the sidebar will display. From your sidebar select "Bookmarks."

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