Astronomy Viewing at the Thanet Observatory

The Monkton Stargazers is in charge of the Thanet Observatory at the Monkton Nature Reserve. We have scheduled public viewing sessions on the fourth Friday of the month from 6pm to 9pm and activity afternoons on the second Saturday of each month from 1pm to 3pm when the Observatory is open and we have experienced astronomers on hand to answer questions and to offer practical activities for all ages and levels.

It is essential to book for viewing sessions with the Reserve on 01843 822666.

As well as astronomy, we offer activities in computer coding, physics and electronics.

The Observatory houses a 12 inch Newtonian Reflecting Telescope with a parabolic mirror of focal length 68 inches. It is controlled by a drive system built by AWR Technology in Deal.

The telescope had an overhaul in the summer of 2013 with cleaning and realignment of the mirrors using a green laser collimator. The mechanisms for the drives were also cleaned, greased and rechecked.

We can be contacted at monkton.stargazers@gmail.com

Opening Times

Public viewing sessions on the fourth Friday of the month from 6pm to 9pm
Activity afternoons on the second Saturday of each month from 1pm to 3pm