Informal meetings and group visits are held at our observatory. It is also open to the public (see below) on Saturday evenings from autumn to early summer. Opening times vary by season and arrangement but typically we open from around 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. until late.
Below lists current and standing information; please see the Events page for forthcoming and past openings.
Our observatory at Kenley will be open this Saturday 26th May from 9 pm up to at least 11 pm, but please call the observatory 020 8668 9642 first as any showers will be very local.
The Messier Marathon observing event postponed from early April will be held on another night after summer, but many deepsky objects are always visible on any night.
Details of the last openings here. Whenever open on a Saturday (the next opportunity will be the forthcoming weekend) the public are welcome, just turn up. Here are details of particular events.
The last public opening was on the 19th May when visitors saw (not everyone saw everything) the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, the Moon and many deepsky objects.
Notification of all openings are given here, our forum, Facebook and a message on this telephone: 020 8668 9642.
Facilities at the observatory are hot water for drinks and wireless broadband Internet. A reminder that there is no parking at the observatory itself; visitors are asked to park at the off-road parking area just 4 minutes walk away at the RAF Kenley Tribute. We have hot water for drinks (please bring everything else) and wireless broadband, but no heating at the observatory.
Parking: whilst there is none at the observatory itself there is free off-road parking at the Kenley aerodrome memorial a few hundred metres to the south and just 4 minutes walk away. Postcode for the observatory is: CR8 5EP
Below are several photographs from past times of the observatory and members observing. The telescope is the 18-inch Fred Best Telescope, since replaced with a permanently mounted Meade LX-200 GPS Schmidt Cassegrain (14-inch, 350 mm aperture).
Click on any image to display a slide show of larger images (the display has a few viewing controls with a Close button). There are more, and recent, photographs in the gallery.