See, Learn, Imagine

Learning about Astronomy

Since 1960 we have been a group of enthusiastic amateur astronomers who wish to share our passion for the night sky. A lot has changed from those early days and now our progression through some of the latest astronomy technology allows us to offer even more exciting views of the universe.

Local schools and children’s groups come to the observatory to learn about the planets and the stars, and are shown how we started here on Earth. Older visitors can refresh their knowledge with tours of the night sky and monthly lectures from some of the best astronomical experts around.

See the stars, learn about your universe and imagine what you can do. When you see Saturn through a 24” telescope, you’ll understand what we mean by this. It’s like nothing else on Earth!


How big are your telescopes?

We have available to our members and visitors a range of equipment, from 150mm binoculars through to a 24” telescope and CCD imaging technology. You can find more details on our Observatory Tour section of this website.


What can I see?

Probably our most frequently asked question. On a good night, clear skies and with our best telescopes, about 80% of the visible space. You want stars? We have billions of them! Pick one!


When can I visit?

To offer safety, security and to coincide with the operation of the observatory, there is no general access to the public at any time. We do have various open evening events during the year. Please contact our Membership Secretary for details of upcoming dates and events.


What goes on at the Hampshire Astronomical Group?

Day Evening / Night
Monday Evening class - led by Graham Bryant FRAS
Tuesday Organised group visits
Wednesday Members' Training and Observing
Thursday Organised group visits
Friday Members' Observing and Talks
(or Lecture Night on second Friday of the month - see Public Talks)
Saturday Regular Open Days / Evenings and other public events
Sunday Maintenance (daytimes)

Members can also observe whenever they wish on any day or evening.


For more information, please take a look at other pages in this section: