Norman Lockyer Observatory

Salcombe Hill Road, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NY

Location description

The Norman Lockyer Observatory is both a historical observatory and home to an active amateur astronomical society. It is a centre for amateur astronomy, meteorology, radio astronomy, and the promotion of science education. The facility is publicly accessible during one of the many frequent open evenings (and open days during Summer) and is particularly ideal for families visiting the area whilst on holiday.


Location event organiser

Norman Lockyer Astronomical Society organises stargazing events at this location.


Observatory

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 semi-rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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

When to stargaze at Norman Lockyer Observatory

This location's semi-rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Forthcoming events at this location

South West Astronomy Fair 2020

Saturday 18th July 2020 from 09:30am to 17:30pm
Starfest

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Thursday 23rd July 2020 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 1st August 2020 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Afternoon

Wednesday 12th August 2020 from 14:15pm to 16:15pm
Solar Observing

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 15th August 2020 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Thursday 20th August 2020 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 5th September 2020 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 19th September 2020 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 26th September 2020 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 31st October 2020 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 7th November 2020 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 21st November 2020 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 5th December 2020 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 12th December 2020 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Location

When to visit

The best time to visit Norman Lockyer Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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