Welcome to the Stargazing 2017 page.

Schedule so far...

* Observatory open 1900 hrs till late Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. ( 28, 29 and 30th )

* This years themes.....The Milky Way, Astro Imaging, Black Holes, Southern Constellations, Saturn,

                                    star colours, meteors, twilight, Stellar Navigation.

                                      ( weather conditions ,resources and latitude permitting!)

*Guided tours of observatory and sky.

*Junior observing and certificates.

* Short presentations every evening....all about 30 minutes

                           Introduction to Astro Imaging (Matthew/ Bob 19.45 onwards - Bobs Observatory)

                           Solar Observing ( Peter 20.15- 20.45-Main Dome) ,

                           Planetary Science( Dave  21.15 - 21.45 - Main Dome)

                           and..... DIY Astronomy ( Andy  22.00 - 22.30 - Main Dome)

*Please register your interest by e-mail to.....      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(Include day of visit and approximate numbers ).







                                                                           SG 2016

 The observatory was open every night for

observing , technical advice and demonstrations.

Tuesday - cloudy, rain. Members attended

Wednesday- wind and snow. Members night

       Thursday- Frosty and clear sky, light breeze.

        Visitors and members enjoyed good viewing most of the night.


Some highlights..............



We are open as usual on Saturday evenings after 19.30. We look forward to assisting you with your Astronomical observations. We offer` Large Telescope` observing experience, practical observing tips, equipment technical information, observing areas, Astro photography opportunities.

If you are passing the observatory in the afternoon and its sunny??

For safe solar observing we have :

60mm Coronado -view in Hydrogen-alpha

120mm Hydrogen -alpha refractor

150mm White light refractor.

Visual or live video.

Solar glasses .

See gallery for eclipse day photos



Event feedback - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Come and see  the largest Camera Obscura in the country ( as far as we know) , available Wednesday and Saturday afternoons- donation welcome. 




For more information about BBC events, go to-


Peter prepares for Stargazing live    -     http://www.astronomycentre.org.uk/index.php/members-gallery/the-dome/solar-system/solar/coronado-piggybacks-on-scott-1-76