Alston Observatory

The Alston Observatory is the teaching and public outreach facility of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute.

It comprises a group of both modern and historical telescopes, a new Discovery Dome planetarium system and an exhibit on Telescopes as Time Machines funded by the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Detailed information

Kit list

  • The Moses Holden Telescope, a 70cm Planewave CDK700 telescope; Isabella Holden Telescope, a wide-field DeltaRho 350 planet hunter telescope; The Discovery Dome planetarium in the classroom; The twin 15 inch Wilfred Hall Telescope; A selection of robotic telescopes


All visits must be pre-booked as Alston Observatory is not an open site.

General enquiry