Milner K Ford Observatory

Milner K Ford Observatory

Wilton Park, Batley, West Yorkshire, 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

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  • 17/06/24

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Weather forecast for Birstall Smithies (0.7 miles away) updated 16/06/24 at 04:00.




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    Tuesday 18th June 2024 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

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    Tuesday 18th June 2024 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Wakefield Sports Club, Wakefield, WF1 3RR (6.7 miles away)

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

    Blackett Lecture Theatre, Manchester, M13 9PL (30.0 miles away)

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    Swinton Bottom Club, Swinton, S64 8AU (21.6 miles away)

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    Friday 21st June 2024 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ (14.7 miles away)

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