The Astronomy Centre

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Information on this page was last updated on 19/06/2018

The Astronomy Centre is a major resource for both amateur astronomers and the general public. Based above Todmorden in the North West of England, we have facilities and on-site equipment for both members and visitors.

The site offers a good compromise providing a reasonably dark site, while remaining close to the major conurbations of Manchester and Leeds. Approximately 8·1 million people (13% of the UK population) are able to reach the Astronomy Centre with less than a 60 minute drive.

The Observatory is open to the public every Saturday evening from 7.30pm ( Juniors 6.00 pm to 7.30 ) until late throughout the year. During the Summer months of June, July and August, we are also open afternoons from 3pm till 6pm ( except Sundays) for solar viewing and demonstration of the Camera Obscura.  Visitors are advised to wrap up warmly, with sensible footwear, as the site can get very cold at any time of year and bring a torch to help find the way.

There is no formal charge for visitors, but a small donation would be appreciated, as a guide could we suggest £2 per person (£1 for children and concessions), though further donations are always welcome! Group visits can also be made at other times by arrangement.

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