Information for groups wishing to visit the Observatory and requests for Astronomy 'outreach' activities at your location

Please note that as of 29th November 2017 we are currently unable to host groups at the Observatory - however we can do outreach to your venue.

We require at least 4  to 6 weeks notice to sort out arrangements.

The following information is some general guidance for any group who would like a member of HAPS to visit you with a telescope and provide a presentation about stargazing.

Please undertake the following before submitting a request via the Contact form:

1) Please avoid dates that clash with any other activity run by the Society - please consult the on-line Program for more details, then

2) Decide if your group would like a HAPS member to visit you with a telescope

3) Please ensure that when you have decided on a date that you contact us asap - at least 4 weeks in advance of your chosen date - as we may already be booked or otherwise unavailable

4) if we are visiting you then there is no group size limit.

5) Outreach - the Astronomy Society has a number of portable telescopes, which we can bring to your meeting place. We can bring a portable solar telescope - which is 100% guaranteed safe for viewing the Sun or a small standard telescope for viewing the Moon, planets - if they are visible - and, if the location is reasonably situated away from streetlights - perhaps a few more interesting night sky objects. If the sky is cloudy, during the visit, we can provide a 'plan B' to give a presentation about the night sky, images taken by professional telescopes, some 'hands on' activities and we have a small selection of meteorites We can tailor the evening to suit the requirements of the StarGazing badges for cubs, scouts, brownies guides etc. We have all been CRB checked and have been doing these activities for many years. If you have particular requirements or any special needs please get in touch in advance. 

Regards President of the Astronomy Society