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, it's doors open regularly to the public, when every one 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
»Open Night
Date and time of next observatory open night and what we will be viewing

»Next Talk
21st AugustThe Hubble Space Telescope - Jerry Workman

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Toothill Observatory
The society's observatory at Toothill, nr Southampton-click photo to enlarge. Photo courtesy of D Haselden
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

Important Notice - Society Observing in the New Forest

The Toothill Observatory is still closed for at least the next 6 months owing to major construction works being carried out by Southern Water

It is intended to resume open nights and group visits when the works are completed.

In order to maintain one of the Society's fundamental principles as an observing group an observing session for Members and their guests has been arranged in the New Forest to observe the Perseids.

We will meet at dusk on the 11th August at the location on the attached map and flyer.  If the weather is poor then we will attempt a meeting the following evening.

Link to Observing Site Map

Link to Observing Session Details