Milner K Ford Observatory

Milner K Ford Observatory

Wilton Park, Batley, WF17 0AS

As of February 2020 the Milner K Ford Observatory sadly closed its observatory dome doors for the last time and was decommissioned, the ageing building becoming difficult and expensive to maintain despite the heroic efforts of the volunteer astronomers who worked there.

The facility was opened in 1969 following a huge community effort and welcomed thousands of visitors over its 50 years of operation.

If you’d like to read more about the history of the facility please see this article on Batley & Spenborough Astronomical Society’s website.


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Weather forecast

  • 17/09/21

    18° 1%
  • 17/09/21

    16° 1%
  • 18/09/21

    15° 4%
  • 18/09/21

    13° 1%

Weather forecast for Birstall Smithies (0.7 miles away) updated 17/09/21 at 16:00.




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  • Saddleworth Astronomy Group meeting and observing

    Friday 17th September 2021 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

    Denshaw Village Hall, Ripponden Road, Denshaw, OL3 5SY (18.6 miles away)

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  • Bradford Astronomical Society lecture evening

    Monday 20th September 2021 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

    Idle & Thackley Conservative Club, Malt Shovel Yard, Idle, BD10 8QB (8.5 miles away)

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  • Keighley Astronomical Society Meeting

    Thursday 23rd September 2021 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Steeton Methodist Church Hall, Skipton Road, Keighley, BD20 6PD (17.2 miles away)

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  • Keighley Astronomical Society monthly meeting

    Thursday 23rd September 2021 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Steeton Methodist Church Hall, Skipton Road, Keighley, BD20 6PD (17.2 miles away)

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  • Saddleworth Astronomy Group meeting and observing

    Friday 24th September 2021 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

    Denshaw Village Hall, Ripponden Road, Denshaw, OL3 5SY (18.6 miles away)

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