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 19th June 2024 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

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

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  • Salford Observatory open evening

    Wednesday 19th June 2024 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

    Thursday 20th June 2024 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

    Blackett Lecture Theatre, Manchester, M13 9PL (27.5 miles away)

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  • Southport Astronomical Society meeting

    Thursday 20th June 2024 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

    Hesketh Park Observatory, Southport, PR9 9LN (18.9 miles away)

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  • The Astronomy Centre Public Open Evenings

    Saturday 22nd June 2024 from 19:30pm to 23:00pm

    The Astronomy Centre, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP (19.2 miles away)

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