Observing


Why not come and join us for a night with the stars? Bring your own telescope, or enjoy the opportunity to look through our members' telescopes. If you are trying to decide what type of telescope to buy, this will be an ideal opportunity to try a few out, and with experts on hand to show you how to find the best objects to view, you are sure to go away well and truly bitten by the astronomy bug...
 
Image:
One of our Observing evenings in early 2016




LOCATION:
On the North Downs above Dorking we meet in the National Trust car park at Denbies field (also known as Steer’s field), on Ranmore Common Road. This site affords dark skies and a clear horizon to the south.

N.B. If observing sessions coincide with the User's group meeting they will be held at Nonsuch school.

Observing Sessions 2017:
The observing session takes place on the first clear night of the dates listed. Please watch out for the email with the details that is sent to our members on the day that observing is taking place.

Next Observing Session:
17th November
15th - 20th December
Short-notice local sessions may be announced through WhatsApp
Please watch our homepage & social media for updates...

We meet at "The Stepping Stones pub" at 7.00pm (BST) and go on up to Denbies field together.

If you are heading down the A24 towards Dorking, after negotiating the large roundabout by the Burford Bridge Hotel keep in the right hand lane and take the next turning on the right, signposted West Humble and the station. The pub is about 100yds down the street on the left. For those who trust their satnav the post code is RH5 6BS.

If the night promises to be clear and you want to take part, please ring on the night to check that the session is taking place. The new number is 07507 932 808.

Telescopes are provided but you're welcome to bring your binoculars, 'scope or cameras too! If you would like help with setting up, we will gladly do what we can. 

the NT car park at Denbies field


If you miss us at the pub:
The post code is RH5 6RS:
Go back to the A24 and turn left. 
At the roundabout take the 3rd exit and head south on the A24. 
Go straight over the next roundabout . 
At the traffic lights turn right. 
Go straight on at the mini-roundabout and at the end turn right onto Ranmore road. 
After just over a mile you will pass a turning to the right. 
Carry straight on and park in the National Trust car park on the left. 
We will be in the field to the right of the gate.