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 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 unfortunately will not be open this Saturday 15th December, due to unfavourable weather. It was last opened on 17th November - and the next opportunity will be on the 29th December. Decisions are made in the early afternoon.
Visible in the night sky are the planets Mars and the two outermost planets Uranus and Neptune, as well as many deep sky objects, seen at their best as the moon will be out of the way. Comet 46P/Wirtanen is now well placed and much brighter.
All Saturdays are open to the public unless otherwise stated (no need to book, just turn up). Details here.
Details of the last regular openings are here, with details of forthcoming Events.
An important note on the weather. The Observing page shows what is visible this night/week/month.
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.