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Observatory and Open Nights
Timetable of Open Nights
Dates Open Time On View
July N/A No Opening Due Length of Twilight
Friday 4th & Saturday 5th August 2017 9:30 pm Saturn
Saturday 12th August 2017 9:30 pm

The Perseids

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th September 2017 8:30 pm


Friday 27th & Saturday 28th October 2017 7:30 pm


Friday 24th & Saturday 25th November 2017 7:30 pm TBA
Friday 8th & Saturday 9th December 2017



Map of Rownhams Observatory Map showing location of Observatory, click on image to enlarge.  Then click on browser back button to return to web page.
Online Map of Toothill

Please note that from September monthly openings will take place on a weekend that avoids a gibbous or full moon, not necessarily the 1st weekend.

The club's observatory at Toothill is located in a relatively dark site just outside Southampton, see map below.

It is open to the public on the dates to the left.  Each session is open ended, we stay until we've had enough or the weather closes in.

Members admitted free.  Non-members: adults £2,  children 50p.

Toilets and free parking are available.

The observatory contains:

  • 14" Meade telescope
  • 8" Meade LX90
  • 6" Celestron Nexstar SE
  • Various smaller telescopes
  • 20 x 80 binoculars
  • Computer with desktop planetarium
The design of the 14" telescope is such that users remain seated, so it is suitable for wheelchair users.


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