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Croydon Astronomical Society
est. 1956

Kenley Observatory

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.

Group Visits

Public Visits

Our observatory telephone is: 020 8668 9642. This will also allow you to record a message on the answering service if we are not there. Alternatively use the webmaster link to send an email.

The location of our observatory can be seen on the observatory location page.

Please read the observatory site etiquette guide, on parking, dress and other matters; thank you.


Observatory openings

Below lists current and standing information; please see the Events page for forthcoming and past openings.

Our observatory at Kenley may be open this Saturday 24th March depending on the weather. The last opening was on 24th February when about 20 people visited and we saw the Moon and many deepsky objects. Whenever open on a Saturday the public are welcome, just turn up. Here are details of particular events.

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.

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