The Durlston Astronomy Centre
Types of event and how to join in
There are several ways that members of the public, as individuals or in groups, can participate in the astronomy activities at Durlston. A small charge will be made for participation in most of the events.
Public Astronomy events
There are a number of public events open to anyone. These
consist of an illustrated talk in the Visitor Centre followed by the visitors
being able to look through various telescopes etc brought along by members of
the Wessex Astronomical Society, to talk to the members, to be shown the various
constellations visible and to look through the large telescope now permanently
set up in the new observatory. To see forthcoming events, please click here.
events are laid on for school groups - teachers and students - tailored to the
particular level in the curriculum. These events too will normally involve a
session in the lecture room of the Visitor Centre and actual observations
through the new telescope. Events will be led by the Rangers and Wessex
Astronomical Society members will provide support on the astronomy aspects.
If you are interested in arranging such a visit then speak
to or e-mail one of the Rangers - contact details at the end of this page
Clubs or other groups
be arranged in a similar way as for school groups. Contact either one of the
rangers or the Wessex Astronomical Society Secretary.
Adult education course in astronomy
These are held from time to time at the Visitor Centre. Contact Durlston for further details.
Use of the telescope by members of Wessex Astronomical Society and Friends of Durlston
Members of either should follow the procedure described separately within their group. Speak to one of the Rangers or to The WAS Secretary if you're not sure