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THE OBSERVATORY IS NOW OPEN FOR VISITOR BOOKINGS

January 8, 2022

Thank you for being patient with us this last period while the remaining work to get the observatory and equipment ready was in progress. We are now able to make a limited number of visitors sessions available for booking aimed at beginners to observational astronomy.

After an initial period it is our intention to broaden the availability to more advanced observers, so please keep an eye on our website for Advanced Observing being added. In due course our intention is also to offer astro imaging sessions, but the timing of that is a bit uncertain at the moment and may possibly be deferred to the start of the next observing season.

The booking page can be navigated to from here.

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PLANETARY ALIGNMENT

December 19, 2021

Planets will always be aligned along the line that is called the ecliptic, but it is unusual so find so many bunched up in a 30 degree arc. This coincidental alignment will persist for the next few weeks, so well worth catching the sky to the south west just after sunset.

This photo was taken with a standard DSLR and 24 mm lens and a copy has been posted to the gallery page here.

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VISITOR BOOKINGS

December 9, 2021

It had been our intention to open up our bookings diary before the turn of the year, but this will probably be afterwards now although it isn't possible to give a firm date, only that it will be as soon as possible. In the meantime we would ask that you bear with us while we fine tune our equipment and session planning in order to make the experience as good as it can be. The miserable weather we have experienced this autumn has held us back in doing that, and there has been disappointingly few clear skies to work with. Please keep an eye on our web site for further updates.

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MOFFAT NEWS ARTICLE

October 22, 2021

The Moffat News published a second article about the Community Observatory.

Click here for a full size copy.

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VISIT MOFFAT WEBSITE

October 20, 2021

The Visit Moffat website published this photo of our observatory, taken by Edward Malone. See our Gallery Page.

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MOFFAT COMMUNITY OBSERVATORY OPENING DAY

October 16, 2021

The official opening of the Moffat Community Observatory was today. The Moffat Astronomy Club would like to thank Professor Catherine Heymans (pictured) for being the guest of honour and for her very entertaining and informative address. 

Can you please note that although we are officially opened, we do not anticipate public access to the observatory until approximately the end of November while we make final preparations. Please see our Make a Booking Page for updates.

Please click on this link to see some photographs of the event.

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MOFFAT NEWS ARTICLE

October 14, 2021

The Moffat News printed this article about the Community Observatory. 

Click here for a full size copy.

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SCOTLAND'S ASTRONOMER ROYAL TO OPEN COMMUNITY OBSERVATORY

August 28, 2021

The Moffat Astronomy Club are delighted to announce that Professor Catherine Heymans FRSE, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, has agreed to officiate at the opening of the Moffat Community Observatory. Our many thanks to Professor Heymans and please check back for more details closer to opening day.

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COMMUNITY OBSERVATORY - OPENING DATE SET

August 9, 2021

The Moffat Astronomy Club is pleased to announce that a date has been set for the official opening of The Moffat Community Observatory. This will be on the 16th of October 2021. Further details will be announced closer to the time, so keep an eye on our News page.

We will not however, be taking bookings from visitors immediately after the opening and will have a run in period to ensure that we are ready. At the moment it is anticipated that visitors will be welcome from the  beginning of November. Again keep an eye on our Community Observatory pages for updates to when our booking system will be open.