Press, News & The Media

Hampshire Astronomical Group *As Seen On TV!*

Press, News & The Media

News Enquiries

The Hampshire Astronomical Group often receives enquiries from the press on topical matters relating to Astronomy and Space Sciences. The Group is happy to assist the press whenever it can and will refer to other organisations if the enquiry is outside of the Group’s remit or expertise.

We are aware of the frequent tight deadlines and will always endeavour to meet these requirements.


Film, TV & Radio

The Observatory is used as a backdrop by various media production companies and the Group will always assist whenever possible.

Some examples of media partnership include use of observatories for interviews of scientists and Journalists for News gathering; filming on site for science programmes; use of Observatory and members for radio broadcasting on astronomical and space science related topics.

The Group has a range of compact telescope domes and larger domes. The 5 inch telescope is a traditional style telescope built in the 19th Century and is placed in a dome of similar period. Other telescopes on site are modern with computer control.


Jon Culshaw and John Mason - Sky At Night 55th Anniversary: Moore Marathon

Broadcast on the 6th May 2012, Jon Culshaw and John Mason filmed a section of the Sky At Night at the Clanfield Observatory. The programme celebrates 55 years of the Sky At Night programme originally pioneered and hosted by Sir Patrick Moore, which he did tirelessly until his death on 9th December 2012. The programme talks about the 55 years of broadcasting and many of the objects observable in the night sky, as well as featuring the Moore Marathon -- 55 objects that you can observe with the naked eye, binoculars and telescopes.


Sarah Farmer - South Today: Stargazing Live

As part of the Stargazing Live feature within the local news programme "South Today", Clanfield Observatory was chosen as an excellent local for the feature on local events, presented by Sarah Farmer. Hampshire Astronomical Group were involved in Stargazing Live events that took place over the start of 2012.



Maggie Aderin-Pocock - Do We Really Need The Moon?

In her hour long documentary filmed for BBC Television, Maggie Aderin-Pocock visited Clanfield Observatory to film observing the moon from our location and enjoy the view through some of the group's telescopes. The observatory was featured in a segment of the finished programme which aired on 1st February 2011.




The observatory can be used to provide a unique backdrop to videos accompanying music/songs.

In 2012 the Hampshire Astronomical Group was approached by singer songwriter Andrew Foster who when planning a video to accompany one of his tracks called Heartbeats wanted to use some footage of the observatory.

On this occasion Andrew was accompanied by photographer/video maker Aaron Bennett who did all the filming and editing.

The release of his EP occurred September 2012 and can be viewed below via YouTube



The Group has access to a number of high resolution astronomical images (300dpi) and video clips taken by members from the Clanfield Observatory and other observatories both in the UK and around the world. These can be made available upon request and used subject to credit of the photographer and the Hampshire Astronomical Group.

Images used for personal profit may incur a fee for their use.

Please note that all our images are copyright, and you must contact Hampshire Astronomical Group for permission to use any of the images. This includes all images featured on our website. Permission must be obtained before you use images.


Media Researchers

There have been a number of occasions when programme researchers discuss their needs and ideas with us to ascertain whether the observatory is suitable for inclusion as part of a future planned programme.


Media Students

Media student have also used the observatory for their film and broadcast projects.


Observatory Facilities:

  • Easy access for vehicles
  • Car parking on site
  • Remote and secure site
  • Infra-Red Lighting on part of the site
  • Kitchen and toilet facilities
  • Uninterrupted sky access for satellite up/down link
  • About 1 hour from South West London
  • 30 minutes from Southampton International Airport
  • 10 minutes from the A3(M)
  • Power 240v 13amp


For General Press/Media enquiries, please contact:

Janet Turner
Tel: 07505 352201