The Observatory

If the weather permits there are observing sessions open to the public on a Friday evening.

Opening times and location details can be found here.

The observatory also opens on the first Sunday morning of the month from 10am until 1pm in support of Abbey Leys Farmers’ Market – again, weather permitting

Images of the month

Noctilucent Clouds

Mark Holmes captured this beautiful image over HLCO at 23:30 on June 23rd

There’s another image on the Images page

M16 (the Eagle nebula)

M16 (Eagle nebula)

Chris Digata made this stunning composite from images taken over 3 nights in June

For technical details see the Images page


HLCO holds meetings on the second Thursday of each month in St John’s church room (location details here). Talks in astronomy and space research are given by invited experts or members of the HLCO team themselves. A small charge is made for these events.

Next Meeting : There may be a meeting in August – watch this space or the FaceBook page for details. Better still, have your email address added to our subscribers’ list by sending a note to

Upcoming HLCO Meetings