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Croydon Astronomical Society
est. 1956

Welcome to the Croydon Astronomical Society

Our society has two main activities and events -

the regular school meetings for talks and our observatory for visits

Here are details of all:

Meetings and Talks  - next meeting: Friday 31st January 2020 at the school meetings.

Kenley Observatory visits  - next opening opportunity: Saturday 25th January. Please see here before setting off.


 • The images to below show the most recent by our members, all local in the south London area. See the gallery for more details of these and other images.

 • Photo Gallery updated 20th July with a new gallery on our recent SolarDay in June. Galleries can now be viewed across many browsers and devices.

 • The Latest News page has new items (updated: 4th July).

 • The Events page has new events (updated: 6th July). Observing events at Kenley, past and for the rest of the year.

 • The Observing page now has links to what can be seen in the night sky right now, choosing a telescope, online calculators etc.


We also have an observatory, above, near Kenley aerodrome CR8 5EP. There is also a clubhouse for visiting groups, a kitchen for hot drinks and wireless broadband internet. Schedule meetings here are on some Friday nights for members only, and any Saturday night it is clear for the public as well. We notify here and just below when this is the case. Parking (observe restrictions) is nearby, off-road in Hayes Lane just a couple of hundred metres to the south at the Royal Air Force Kenley Tribute.


Our observatory at Kenley may be open this Saturday 25th January, subject to favourable weather - decision will be made no later than early afternoon on the day. Visible are the two outermost planets as well as many deep sky objects. Look for bright Venus in the south west from early evening. Last Saturday opening: 18th January when over 40 people visited.

All Saturdays are open to the public (when open) unless otherwise stated (no need to book, just turn up). Details here.

An important note on the weather. Please see here before setting off.

The Observing page shows what is visible this night/week/month.

Details of the last regular openings are here, along with forthcoming Events.


Founded as the Croydon Group of the Junior Astronomical Society on 5th May 1956, and becoming the Croydon Astronomical Society in 1965.

The Society holds lecture evenings at the Royal Russell School, Coombe Lane, Croydon, Surrey CR9 5BX. These are held every other Friday during school term time. More information on dates and our lectures are in the Meetings page. Lectures start at 7:45 pm and finish around 10 pm. There is free parking and very good public transport links.

Jupiter - John Berman

Mars - John Berman

Saturn - John Berman

1979  to  2019

Celebrating 40 consecutive years of observing at Kenley - members, public and group visits

Although our society dates from 1956, the above is the most recent location for our observatory.

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