Situated at Hinton Heights, on the Portsmouth Water Company's reservoir at the top of Hinton Manor Lane, is the Clanfield Observatory. Owned and operated by the Hampshire Astronomical Group, the observatory has for over thirty years been the focus of the group's activities and a local landmark. The picture below shows the layout of the complex including the five domes currently on site and the group's support building.
Please note: You can only visit our site by prior arrangement, either on one of our open evenings, as part of a group visit, or at the personal invitation of one of our members.
Our site is monitored by CCTV for the purposes of crime prevention and the safety of our members and visitors.
12 Inch Dome
This dome is privately owned. It houses a 12-inch f5.5 Newtonian reflector designed for imaging.
16 Inch Dome
This dome houses our 16 inch f4.5 Deep Sky telescope, which is computer controlled.
24 Inch Dome
The 24 Inch (612 mm) f7.9 Ritchey-Chrétien reflector is the Group’s largest instrument.
5 Inch Dome
The oldest of our telescopes are housed in this dome. The scopes used to be clockwork driven!
7 Inch Dome
This fantastic telescope is the favourite amongst members for astronomical imaging.
Our support building that acts as our main social meeting point.
When you visit, look for our entrance gates, and the friendly member who will welcome you and direct you to the right place.
This sundial uses your body as the gnomon when you stand in the right place, so your shadow shows the time.
Our car park is provided for visitors and members to use when on site.