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 can be discussed.
Twilight Visits require particular regard for Health and Safety, especially if the entire visit is after sunset. Risk Assessments 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 worthwile visit regardless of the weather.
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The Observatory Science Centre is operated by 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.