The Isle of Wight Observatory

Watery Lane, Newchurch, PO36 0LX

Location description

The Isle of Wight Observatory, also known as Newchurch Observatory, is run by the enthusiastic members of Vectis Astronomical Society who regularly meet here and in the pavilion next door. The observatory is frequently open to the public for regular stargazing sessions.

Location event organiser

Vectis Astronomical Society organises stargazing events at this location.

Astronomical society

Meeting place for local astronomical society, often in a location that enables stargazing and observing.


Location has an observatory that is accessible to the public by prior arrangement or during public events.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a suburban setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location. Previously there have been 126 events with the last one being on 27th August 2020 organised by Vectis Astronomical Society.


When to visit

The best time to visit The Isle of Wight Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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