The Croydon Astronomical Society is a registered charity number 251560

Croydon Astronomical Society

The Croydon Astronomical Society owns and runs the Norman Fisher Observatory in Kenley and members of the public are welcome to visit.

Come and visit us

Whenever possible we open the Observatory to the public each Saturday night if the skies are clear. Opening times depend on the time of sunset but we normally open by 8:00pm so long as this is after dark.  

To save a wasted journey you should check whether we will be open.  Go to our website (here).  Alternative phone us on 020 8668 9642 after 3:00pm on the day in question where you will find a recorded message giving opening predictions.  We also publish updated information on Facebook.

Where we are

We are located at the end of Waterhouse Lane which is off Hayes Lane at the edge of Kenley Aerodrome. Follow your SatNav to CR8 5EP Please park in Hayes Lane and walk the short distance up Waterhouse lane.


Laser pointer policy

Child protection policy


We own and impressive Meade LX-200 GPS Schmidt Cassegrain telescope (14” aperture) and society members often have smaller telescopes that you may be able to look through.  Through our large telescope you should get good views of the planets and (depending on the darkness of the sky) also be able to see some “deep sky” objects (clusters, galaxies etc).  Note that we do not have any toilets.

We have hot water for coffee (bring your own ingredients) and Wifi access.  But we have no toilets, no parking spaces and  no heating, Wrap up warm!