Welcome to the Astronomy Centre Website, we hope you find your visit useful, informative & enjoyable.

The Astronomy Centre will be open to visitors on the night of the 27th July 2018 after 21.00.

The main feature should be the observation of the planet Mars which will be the brightest its been since Mars 2016. The approach will be only the second closest since the Stone age at about 35.7 million miles. In 2012 it was ~60 million miles from us at magnitude +1.2, on the 27th it will be -2.8 ( more than 40 times brighter). A very special event indeed.

As well as "Mars calling" we have some other events during the same night. At about 21.31 the moon will rise in eclipse ( the moon will be in the shadow of the earth), we should  see the second half of the event, cloud permitting.

Also throughout the night Venus, Saturn, Jupiter join the party , if we are lucky also Mercury just after sunset.

Join us for some planetary and lunar observing , the show starts at 21.30.

 

 

June 2018.........A new cladding finish for the Bob1 Observatory- nice one Bob

 

 

October 2017 ..... Thanks to the 3peaks Observatory for the donation of a 3.6 metre radio dish / mount ,

                             receiving and control equipment. This will create a substantial non-visual

                             observing facility for distributed and point radio sources.

                            

 

By mid-summer 2017..........   Remscope ( remote control telescope)  foundations and blockwork proceeding.

                                             Open source server for web site and file system assembled and working.

                                             Web based status / display and booking system V1 - live. 

                                             Over spring a selection of large binoculars were constructed.

                                             This summer -  toilet block modifications carried out.

                                             Site vegetation control proceeding.

                                             Solar Flux detector antenna being modified.

                                             Access bridge safety rails installed.

     

                                    

                                                                                  

 

New outside store.....ready for use. A new coat of varnish on the toilet block door complements the new store.

 

The `GANDER` 20" Dobsonian rollout shelter nearly ready for its occupant.

 

 

November....new weatherproof coatings for `rollout` telescope shelters.