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 unfortunately will not be open this Saturday 7th December due to unfavourable weather - the next opening opportunity will be next Saturday. We can expect to see the two outermost planets as well as a favourable waning gibbous Moon and several deep sky objects. It was last opened on Saturday 19th October when over 20 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.