With three of the telescopes restored to working order your Twilight Visit can concentrate on astronomy. Tour the domes as the astronomers would have done and, with favourable weather conditions, you will actually view through a telescope.
We take bookings from late January to early December, but if astronomy is your emphasis then it is best to visit between October - March when it is dark by late afternoon / early evening, and you will view through an historic telescope - weather permitting.
We will tailor the visit to suit your own arrival / departure times. You can arrive from mid-afternoon onwards and if you are on site during daylight you will initially explore the outdoor exhibits (weather permitting) and move indoors as the light fades.
Workshop activity will also take place if your schedule permits.
Atmospheric Telescope Tour will take place before or after your meal depending on your times / number of pupils.
Food is served in our Cafe.
If weather conditions are favourable you will view through a telescope during the visit.
£10.75 per person (includes catering) minimum charge for 20.
Adults are admitted free of charge to the normal ratios: catering £4.50 if required.
Meal consists of jacket potato with filling, piece of fruit, cake, drink. Alternatives and dietary requirements can be discussed.
Twilight Visits require particular regard for Health and Safety, especially if the entire visit is after sunset. Risk Assessments are available for all activities.
Everyone should wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. The temperature can drop rapidly and there is no heating in the telescope domes.
Adults / pupils can bring a torch if they have one for the walk to / from the parking areas: optional red light for astronomy evenings, but not essential.
The visit will proceed regardless of weather conditions and viewing through a telescope cannot be guaranteed. The telescopes cannot see through cloud, nor can they be set up quickly if there is a brief gap in cloud cover.
We are developing a contingency of projecting images from our mobile planetarium so your group will have a worthwhile visit regardless of the weather.
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The Observatory Science Centre is part of Science Projects Ltd, a company limited by guarantee registered in England No: 02186073 and a registered charity No: 298542. The registered office is 3 – 15 Stirling Road, Acton, London. W3 8DJ. UK.
It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of The Observatory Science Centre from 18th March 2020 until further notice.
This decision was made in the light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and recent UK government advice, which our charity has been carefully monitoring and following.
The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our absolute priority during this difficult time.
Given the uncertainty we are all facing, we don’t yet know when we will re-open. If you have booked group visits / upcoming events etc. we will be in contact when we return to work.
We sincerely wish good health for you and your families during these uncertain times and we can’t wait to welcome you back as we continue our 25th anniversary celebrations.
The Observatory Science Centre team
Thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support.