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• The next meeting at the Royal Russell School will be tomorrow Friday 3rd July at 7:45 pm, when Keith Brackenborough will present a talk: ‘Herstmonceux: the Rise and fall of an Observatory’.
Kenley Observatory Opening
• Our observatory at Kenleywill be open this Sunday 21st June from 12pm midday for our annual combined BBQ/Picnic and solar day. This is in conjunction with the international SUN•day event across the world. We will have a variety of telescopes, some solar telescopes and members are encouraged to bring their own instruments and join in. More details lower down this page.
We otherwise use our observatory at Kenley, on some Friday nights for members only, and any Saturday night it is clear for the public as well. We notify here when this is the case.
We have hot water for drinks (please bring everything else) and wireless broadband, but no heating at the observatory.
Parking is best at the Kenley aerodrome memorial a few hundred metres to the south. Postcode for the observatory is:
Note that there is no heating at the observatory so please dress warmly. The closest parking is at the WW2 memorial on Hayes Lane about 200 metres south of Waterhouse Lane.
Summer BBQ/Picnic and Solar Day, Sunday 21st June 2015
Our annual BBQ/Picnic will be held at ourobservatory this Sunday 21st June from 12pm midday for our annual combined BBQ/Picnic and solar day. This is in conjunction with the international SUN•day event across the world. We will have a variety of telescopes, some solar telescopes and members are encouraged to bring their own instruments and join in.
The society will provide the basic BBQ grill, salad, bread rolls and soft drinks, and members are asked to bring anything else to supplement, such as burgers to cook on the stove.
The day will start at noon with solar observing immediately and then the BBQ will be lit, say, whenever anyone's hungry (which could be lunchtime; we have enough charcoal to last until late).
Facilities at the observatory are: hot water for drinks, wireless broadband and a portable type camping toilet with flush, for the first time ever, located privately in a separate room it is very easy to use.
As well as the usual white light telescopes we will have Hydrogen-alpha (Ha) telescopes, capable of seeing prominences, the chromosphere and activity on the solar disc itself. We’ll also have a Calcium K-line telescope to see the Sun in the violet.
This is a good opportunity to bring along any telescopes and other equipment and between the knowledgeable members we'll be pleased to devote time to advise with setup and observing etc.