If the weather permits there are observing sessions open to the public on a Friday evening. From the beginning of October until the clocks go forward the following March the usual opening time is 8pm. However, once we are on BST and right through until September, the skies are lighter and the opening time will be later.The Secretary will send a text to all subscribers by 6pm advising either of the opening time or of the reason that the observatory will not be opening – usually the weather. To be sure of receiving the text, please add your mobile phone number to the subscriber list by contacting the Secretary (see the Contact page).
The observatory may also be open for specific events such as meteor showers and eclipses. It opens on the first Sunday morning of the month from 10am until 1pm in support of Abbey Leys Farmers’ Market – again, weather permitting. Group visits can also be arranged.
There is no charge for use of the observatory, but donations are always welcome. There is a donations tin in the warm room, should you wish to contribute.
The observatory is just off the approach track to Abbey Leys Farm, Peacock Lane, High Legh, Knutsford WA16 6NS
Park on the left side of the track. The Observatory is in the field, enclosed by a wooden-panelled compound. It is accessed through a gate into the field about 100 metres down the approach track.
If you need a light to guide you to the compound, consider using a red light. If you only have a white light, please consider turning it off before you enter the compound. Please dress appropriately, it can be very cold at the observatory.