School and Club Visits to the Observatory

School and Club Visits

Education Matters

"As Education Co-ordinator I have the responsibility for arranging visits to the Hampshire Astronomical Group's Observatory for all schools, colleges, universities and other organisations. Conducted by a team of volunteer HAG members, you receive a comprehensive guided tour of the Observatory and, weather permitting, get to see 'the many wonders of the night sky' through our large telescopes. This is followed by a short slide presentation/film show in the Group's fully facilitated clubroom where hot refreshments and other astronomical related material are available for purchase."

Day-time visits can be arranged where we are able to observe the SUN, viewing sunspots and prominences, through our telescopes which have special safe filters . We also demonstrate how to view the Sun safely at home, using projection methods.

There is a small fee charged - currently £4 per child, £8 per adult - allowing a maximum of 35 persons per visit which are held on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. We also permit three adult helpers free for each youth group to assist us with supervision. If you are arranging a group visit, you may also wish to view our helpful Safety Information, which contains useful advice on how to prepare for your visit to the observatory. You are welcome to print off the information if you wish.

The Group has links with the neighbouring Queen Elizabeth Country Park, which has a large-scale 2 mile circuit 'Space Trail' through the parkland, which helps to demonstrate the size of the Solar System.
For all organised group visits please contact :

Other Public visits are conducted once a month, usually on a Saturday evening, details of which are available on our Open Days page.

An 'ASTRONOMY FOR BEGINNERS' Adult education class is held at the observatory on Monday evenings, from 7.15 to 9.00pm, during the winter and spring terms - for details please apply to our course administrator, Dr Robin Gorman. It is recommended that you book early as the classes are very popular.

To support Scout/Guide/Brownie and Cub leaders as well as parent helpers, a one day course, specifically aimed at providing information on the Astronomy Badge has been developed. These are held at the observatory. For further details please contact putting ‘leaders astronomy course’ in the subject heading.