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Croydon Astronomical Society
est. 1956

Welcome to the website of the Croydon Astronomical Society

 • Our observatory at Kenley will be open tonight Friday 28th August from 9pm.

   Weather forecasts show a good chance of some clear skies (but probably more cloud than clear), not windy and not cold.

   You may wish to bring a reclining deckchair and blanket, paper and pencil, red light, a thermos of hot drink and food (we have hot water on location).

   In case of more than expected cloud or if your interest is elsewhere then we have telescopes, and at least one will be used for observing an object of your choice.

   Facilities at the observatory are: hot water for drinks, wireless broadband and a portable type camping toilet with flush, located privately in a separate room; it is very easy to use.

 • The next meeting at the Royal Russell School will be on Friday 11th Sept at 7:45 pm, when Greg Smye-Rumsby will present a talk, yet to be decided between either ‘Pluto’ or ‘Missing Illusions’.

 • Photo Gallery updated 22nd March with a new gallery.

 • The Latest News page has new items (updated: 19th Mar).

 • The Events page has new events (updated: June).

 • The Astronomy page now has links to what can be seen in the night sky right now.

 • The society publishes a journal illustrating current society news, events and astronomical observations etc. Please visit the Altair page for details on how to contribute.

We also have an observatory, above, near Kenley aerodrome CR8 5EP. There is also a clubhouse for visiting groups, a kitchen for hot drinks and wireless broadband internet. Schedule meetings here are on some Friday nights for members only, and any Saturday night it is clear for the public as well. We notify just below when this is the case. Parking is nearby, off-road in Hayes Lane just a couple of hundred metres to the south at the Royal Air Force Kenley Tribute.

Founded as the Croydon Group of the Junior Astronomical Society on 5th May 1956, and becoming the Croydon Astronomical Society in 1965.

The Society holds lecture evenings at the Royal Russell School, Coombe Lane, Croydon, Surrey CR9 5BX. These are held every other Friday during school term time. More information on dates and our lectures are in the Meetings page. Lectures start at 7:45 pm and finish around 10 pm. There is free parking and very good public transport links.

Our observatory at Kenley will be open - also to the public - tonight Wednesday 12th August from 9 pm for the annual Perseid meteor shower. This is usually the largest shower of the year with a greater chance of fireballs and it peaks around the night of the 12th to 13th. We are fortunate that the Moon will be a thin morning crescent and will not affect viewing.

   Facilities at the observatory are: hot water for drinks, wireless broadband and a womens’ portable type camping toilet with flush, located privately in a separate room - it is very easy to use.

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