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Observatory and Open Nights
Timetable of Open Nights - 2021/2022
Dates Open Time On View Moon State
Annual Perseid Open Night: Fri 12th August
No Back up Dates
9:30 pm Perseid Meteors Nearly Full Moon

Back up Dates: N/A

Aug Primary Dates: Fri 26th & Sat 27th
Sept Back-up Dates: Fri 2nd, Sat 3rd
8:30 pm Mercury, Jupiter (9:00PM), Saturn, Neptune
Star Clusters, Double Stars
No Moon

Back up Dates: Moon sets Fri 22:09 (39%), Sat 22:29 (50%)

Sep Primary Dates: Fri 23rd, Sat 24th
Sep/Oct Back-up Dates: Fri 30th, Sat 1st
8:30 pm Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune
Star Clusters, double Stars, & The Moon
No Moon

Back up Dates: Moon sets Fri 20:41 (19%), Sat 21:20 (28%)

Oct Primary Dates: Fri 21st, Sat 22nd
Oct Back-up Dates: Fri 28th, Sat 29th
7:30 pm Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Mars, Star Clusters,
Double Stars, M42 Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy
No Moon
Nov Primary Dates: Fri 18th, Sat 19th
Nov Back-up Dates: Fri 25th, Sat 26th
7:30 pm Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, M13 Globular Cluster
Uranus, neptune, Doublu Cluster, M42 Orion Nebula
No Moon
Dec Primary Dates: Fri 16th, Sat 17th
No Back-up Dates
7:30 pm M13 Globular Cluster, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars
Double Cluster, M42 Orion Nebula, Uranus & Neptune

Moon sets: Fri 00:40(40%), Sat 00:52 (50%)

Christmas & New Year Opening Primary Date: Tue 27th,
Back-up Date: wed 28th
7:30 pm Andromeda Galaxy, M13 & M15 Globular Clusters, Uranus, Neptune, Coathanger OC, Double Cluster & Orion Nebula
Moon Sets: 21:20 (18%)
Moon Sets: 22:44 (28%)
Map of Rownhams Observatory Map showing location of Observatory, click on image to enlarge.  Map will appear in new tab.
Online Map of Toothill

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

It has reopened to the public on the dates to the left.   You will see that weekend sessions are now arranged in pairs, with a "primary" and a "back-up". The primary will take place, weather permitting, but the back-up will only take place if the corresponding primary sessions were both clouded out. Each session is open ended, we stay until we've had enough or the weather closes in.

No need to book, just turn up.

Members admitted free.  Non-members: adults £5,  children free.

Cash payments only, please. No cards

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.


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