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 Nights
Fri 26th & Sat 27th May 2023, 6:00 PM
Back up Dates: None (too light)
Look at Our Facebook Page on the afternoon of an open night for confirmation that the session will go ahead.

»Next Talk
Armchair Messier Marathon -  Dr Lillian Hobbs
Tuesday 20th  June, 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 Solar Observing

We propose 2 public open evenings at the Observatory to observe the sun, on Friday 26th & Saturday 27th May from 18:00.
We will be observing through various telescopes both in Hydrogen alpha and white light, using filters. Hydrogen alpha light allows us to see flares and prominences. Any sunspots will also be visible.