Informal meetings and group visits are held at our observatory. It is also open to the public 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 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.
Below lists current and standing information; please see the Events page for forthcoming and past openings.
• We are now into our summer break so our observatory at Kenley is only likely to be open for specific events until September. A particular forthcoming event is the anual Perseid Meteor Shower on the 11th August from 9 pm; which is open to the public, and details here. Whenever open on a Saturday the public are welcome, just turn up.
Latest: Not opening due to cloud. Saturday 12th also unlikely.
Details of what can be seen are on the Forthcoming Events section of the Events page.
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 wlk away. Postcode for the observatory is: CR8 5EP