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Observatory and Open Nights
Timetable of Open Nights - 2019/2020
Dates Open Time On View
Friday 28th & Saturday 29th February 7:30 pm Moon (crescent), Venus (low), M44, Hyades, Orion
Friday 27th & Saturday 28th March 7:30 pm Moon (thin Crescent), Venus, Pleiades, Double Cluster, M65, M66 (part of the Leo Triplet)
Friday 24th & Saturday 25th April 8:30 pm Venus, M44, M81, M82 (all galaxies)
Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd May 9:30 pm M13, M5, M44, Double Stars.
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

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
  • 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.

NB. Open nights will not proceed in the event of cloudy weather. 

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