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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 Nights
Fri 17th & Sat 18th March 2023, 7:30 PM
Back up Dates: Fri 24th & Sat 25th March, 7:30 PM
Look at Our Facebook Page on the afternoon of an open night for confirmation that the session will go ahead.

»Next Talk
Ancient Visitors Pt2 -  Steve Bosley
Tuesday 21st  March, 7:30 PM
To be Held at Oasis

Link  saazoomtalk@outlook.com

Contact the Webmaster at: webmaster@solentastro.org

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

Additional Open Nights for Venus Jupiter Conjunction

We propose a public open night at the observatory at 18:30 on 1st March to see the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter.

Because of the unpredictable weather at this time of year, we will check the conditions on the dates either side of 1st March. Confirmation that the observatory is open, on either date will be posted on the day of viewing.

Between the dates 28th February and 2nd March Venus will pass to within a Moon's diameter of Jupiter. Although the two planets will be clearly visible to the naked eye, we will view the event through our main telescope. This will also probably be the last opportunity to view Jupiter before it disappears from the evening sky till next September.

If conditions are clear, we may take the opportunity to view other objects including the Moon.