Solent Amateur Astronomers

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Just north of Southampton, in the quiet village of Toothill, stands one of the finest observatories in Hampshire.  It houses a 14" Meade and numerous smaller telescopes.

Owned and run by Solent Amateur Astronomers, its doors open regularly to the public, when everyone is most welcome - see schedule of open nights.

We also have a comprehensive programme of talks at Oasis Academy, Lordshill to which the public are also invited.
»What's Coming Up

»Next Open Night
27th & 28th March 7:30PM - CANCELLED.

»Next Talk
Oasis Academy 17th March 7:30 P.M. - CANCELLED.

Contact the Webmaster at: webmaster@solentastro.org

Tel - 07816 634142

Toothill Observatory
Toothill Observatory

The society's observatory at Toothill, nr Southampton-click photo to enlarge. Photo courtesy of P Jones

Our Aims & Objectives
  • Spread understanding & appreciation of the night sky
  • To provide a centre of active observation, experience and practical guidance
  • To constantly improve our facilities & keep abreast of technological developments

In the event of cloudy weather open nights will be cancelled

Remember to dress warmly as we will be outside.

Covid 19 Update.

Over the course of the next few months we will be tentatively restarting some of our activities for members and the General public.

Comet Neowise

We are planning a comet viewing session at Stoney Cross Plain car park on Friday 17th July @23:00. (The site we used during Southern Water’s works at Toothill). Wrap up warmly & bring a flask of coffee! If it's cloudy on Friday we plan to meet at the same time on Sunday 19th instead.

Please note that owing to pandemic restrictions in place, we will not be able to provide equipment for members of the public to use.  You will need to bring your own or view with the naked eye.

However, we are arranging this session because Neowise is the brightest comet to be seen from the UK in over 20 years and is best seen from a dark site.  Also, it may not be bright for very long.

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