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Observatory and Open Nights
Timetable of Open Nights
Dates Open Time On View
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December 2016 7:30 pm Uranus, the Plaiedes, the Double Cluster, the Blue Snowball and Messier Objects
Friday 6th and Saturday 7th January 2017 7:30 pm

Moon, Orion Nebula & Double Cluster, Double Stars, Messier Objects

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th February 2017 7:30 pm

Moon, Orion Nebula, Double Cluster, Messier Objects – M35 in Gemini and others.

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th March 2017 7:30 pm

Moon, Orion Nebula, Messier Objects – M44 The Beehive in Cancer and others

Friday 7th & Saturday 8th April 2017 8:30 pm Moon, Orion Nebula, Messier Objects – M65 and M66 in Leo
Friday 5th & Saturday 6th May 2017 9:30 pm

Jupiter, Moon, Messier Objects – M13 - Globular Cluster in Hercules

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
  • 10" Dobsonian telescope
  • Various smaller telescopes
  • 20 x 80 binoculars
  • Computer with Internet connection and desktop planetaria
The design of the 14" telescope is such that users remain seated, so it is suitable for wheelchair users.


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