The Croydon Astronomical Society is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation - 1187803

Croydon Astronomical Society

The Society holds public talks at the Royal Russell School, Coombe Lane, Croydon, Surrey CR9 5BX. These are held every other Friday during school term time and are open to the public. Click HERE for details of how to find us and what’s on.

We also have an observatory, near Kenley historic aerodrome. There is also a clubhouse for visiting groups, a kitchen for hot drinks and wireless broadband internet (but no toilets). We try to open to the public (free, no need to book) on any Saturday night when it is clear. We notify HERE 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.

We sometimes open the observatory on other days/nights, for example for special meteor showers or for solar viewing.  Click HERE for any upcoming events.

Click HERE for location and etiquette while on the site and click HERE to see if we are open this Saturday.

You can book a Group Visit for groups of children (school groups, scouts, cubs etc) or adults. These are normally arranged during the week.  There is a small charge for this. Click HERE for further details or to make an enquiry.

Thinking of buying a telescope or just got one and want help setting it up?  We can probably help.  Contact us.

Is the observatory open?

Meetings & Public talks programme

How can I contact you?

Contact us here.

Suspension of meetings at Royal Russell School and at the Norman Fisher Observatory.

Update: December 2020.  We are sorry to say that we are still unable to re-open either our meetings at Royal Russell School or our Observatory.

I can only apologise that this action must be taken, but as you will be aware from press, television and the internet the situation demands that we follow the Governments advice. To do otherwise would be irresponsible and we would be failing in our duty of care to the public and our members.

Inside the observatory dome it is too small to socially distance and there is the risk of cross contamination from touching the telescope and eyepiece. Outside we have only a 40’ x 40’ site and the much of that is taken up by buildings so it would be impossible to maintain social distancing if we had even a small number of people visiting.  Also we are currently unable to hold meetings at Royal Russell school.

On behalf of the Committee I would like to thank you for your understanding and patience in these trying times. We wish all of you and your friends & families good health.