Milner K Ford Observatory

Wilton Park, Batley, WF17 0AS

Location description

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.

Location event organiser

Batley & Spenborough Astronomical Society organises stargazing events at this location.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a urban 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 44 events with the last one being on 6th December 2019 organised by Batley & Spenborough Astronomical Society.


When to visit

The best time to visit Milner K Ford Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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