Our Observatory is open to the Public on Saturday Evenings from September to May. The Observatory is open from 20:30 to about 23:00 (Clock Time), weather permitting. Please phone the Observatory on 020 8668 9642 to check if it will be open.
Instructions on how to find our observatory can be found here.
Visitors are requested to park in the main road as shining car headlights at the observatory will ruin any images being taken and make you rather unpopular! Also parking hot cars near the observatory ruins the seeing from the telescopes !
Site Etiquette & Safety
The path to the observatory and the surrounding area are not paved, it is strongly recommended that visitors should wear stout waterproof shoes or boots with substantial treads to avoid wet feet or injury.
As you would expect the area around the observatory is not lit so you may find a small torch useful, however please do not shine it towards the buildings or any people outside who may be observing.
Don't forget that the observatory is not heated so wear plenty of warm clothing and bring a hat.
Safety in the Dark: - When you arrive you may find the area quite dark because it takes the human eye some time to adapt to low levels of light. We therefore recommend that you stay in the dark by your car for 10 minutes when you arrive to allow time for your eyes to adapt to the light levels. If anyone shines their car lights in your direction look away or close your eyes. It takes 10 to 20 minutes for your eyes to get used to darkness but only a short time looking at a bright light to lose your dark adaptation. You will then find that you will be able to see far more and normally there is sufficient light from either the moon or the general London light pollution to allow you to walk about safely.
Dark Adaptation is a requirement to see through the telescopes so the time is not wasted