Informal meetings and group visits are held at our Norman Fisher 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 unfortunately not be open tonight Sunday 12th due to unfavourable weather. It was last opened on Friday 10th as part of our ‘Planet’ week. Despite changeable weather we have had clear spells on occasion and has proved to be a success on the nights it was clear. This event was open to the public (no need to book, just turn up). Details here.
It was last opened last Friday night, and visible in the night sky were the major planets including a very favourable and rare view of Mars, as well as many deep sky objects.
All Saturdays are open to the public (no need to book, just turn up) unless otherwise stated.
Details of the last regular openings are here, with details of Forthcoming Events. Important note on the weather.
The last public opening was last Friday the 10th August when many visitors saw the planets Saturn and Mars and several deep sky objects.
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. As an example 37 of the 110 were casually seen on Friday 11th August 2018.
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 some free off-road parking at the Kenley Aerodrome Memorial a few hundred metres to the south and just 4 minutes walk away. For all other off-road parking please check for local restrictions before departing. Unfortunately our society is no authority on parking and all responibility is with the visitor. For disabled access please inform us for arrangements. Postcode for the observatory is: CR8 5EP
Below are several photographs from past times of the observatory and members observing. The telescope shown 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.