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Alston Observatory

Alston Observatory

Alston Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 3BP

Alston Observatory is purpose-built teaching and public outreach facility run by the Jerimiah Horrocks Institute division of the University of Central Lancashire.

The location is home to the Moses Holden Telescope, one of the largest telescopes in the UK, and the historic Wilfred Hall Telescope; the site also has a planetarium used for undergraduate teaching and encouraging public engagement in science.

Access to the facility is possible by booking one of their monthly open evenings, which take place from Autumn through to Spring.


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Events nearby

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  • Leighton Observatory Open Evening

    Wednesday 18th May 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Leighton Observatory, Widnes, WA8 5QW (28.8 miles away)

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  • Salford Observatory open evening

    Wednesday 18th May 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Salford Observatory, Chasely Fields, M6 7DZ (24.4 miles away)

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  • Manchester Astronomical Society weekly meeting at Godlee Observatory

    Thursday 19th May 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Godlee Observatory, Manchester, M1 3NL (26.9 miles away)

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  • Leighton Observatory Open Evening

    Wednesday 25th May 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Leighton Observatory, Widnes, WA8 5QW (28.8 miles away)

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  • Salford Observatory open evening

    Wednesday 25th May 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Salford Observatory, Chasely Fields, M6 7DZ (24.4 miles away)

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