James Irwin Observatory

James Irwin Observatory

Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury, CT2 8JY

The James Irwin Observatory is located within the grounds of Canterbury Academy and Adult Education Centre. Public access to the observatory is welcomed and facilitated by the enthusiastic members of Mid-Kent Astronomical Society who hold regular open evenings of the facility — visitors should contact the Society directly to arrange their visit, which starts with a rendezvous in the nearby Victoria Hotel before being escorted to the observatory.

The observatory itself is currently home to a large 14″ computer-controlled Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain telescope. The observatory’s original telescope, a huge half-meter aperture Grubb-Parsons manufactured telescope originally built to train students at Edinburgh University and relocated to the South West in 2012, is currently being refurbished.

To see dates when the observatory is open to the public please see the events listed under the Victoria Hotel – Canterbury.


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Mid-Kent Astronomical Society

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Please contact Mid-Kent Astronomical Society directly with any enquiries relating to visiting this location


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  • Castle Point Astronomy Club beginners observing night

    Wednesday 22nd September 2021 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    St Michael and All Angels Church, St Michaels Road, Hadleigh, SS7 2UW (27.7 miles away)

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  • Ashford Astronomical Society Meeting & Observing

    Friday 24th September 2021 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Woodchurch Memorial Hall, The Green, Woodchurch, TN26 3QB (18.7 miles away)

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  • Ashford Astronomical Society Meeting & Observing

    Friday 24th September 2021 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Woodchurch Memorial Hall, The Green, Woodchurch, TN26 3QB (18.7 miles away)

    More info
  • Castle Point Astronomy Club meeting

    Wednesday 29th September 2021 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    St Michael and All Angels Church, St Michaels Road, Hadleigh, SS7 2UW (27.7 miles away)

    More info
  • Castle Point Astronomy Club meeting

    Wednesday 6th October 2021 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    St Michael and All Angels Church, St Michaels Road, Hadleigh, SS7 2UW (27.7 miles away)

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