The Croydon Astronomical Society is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation - 1187803
The Croydon Astronomical Society owns and runs the Norman Fisher Observatory in Kenley and members of the public are welcome to visit.
We own and impressive Meade LX-200 GPS Schmidt Cassegrain telescope (although we are currently working on replacing this) 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).
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!
Please note that the land surrounding the observatory is private land and is not open to the public. The site is not accessible when we are not open. Private groups wishing a relatively dark sky site are encouraged to check out the common land around the aerodrome.
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.
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. See here for map. There is no parking on site but parking (observe restrictions) is nearby in Hayes Lane just a couple of hundred metres to the south at the Royal Air Force Kenley Tribute.Please park in Hayes Lane and walk the short distance up Waterhouse Lane.