Hampstead Observatory: an astronomical treasure in London

If you are an astronomy enthusiast and are in London, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Hampstead Observatory. Located at the highest point in the city, it offers a spectacular view of the skies above London and allows you to admire the wonders of the universe through a powerful 6-inch Cooke refracting telescope.

A unique experience

Hampstead Observatory has been lovingly refurbished by the dedicated and enthusiastic astronomers of the Hampstead Scientific Society, and reopened to the public in September 2019. During the observing season, mid-September to mid- April (closed during the summer months), the facility is open to the public every Friday and Saturday night (strictly weather permitting). Admission is free but you have to check on official site if it is open to the public.

If you’re lucky enough to visit on a clear night, you may have the chance to witness events such as a comet, transit, meteor shower, or other unusual event.

A walk in the sky

The Hampstead Observatory is an amazing experience, allowing you to explore the night sky and marvel at the wonders of the universe through the 6-inch Cooke Refractor Telescope. No need to book in advance, just show up, wait your turn and see what’s up there.

During the visit, you will be shown how to use the telescope and how to locate celestial objects. The observatory’s knowledgeable staff will help you identify the most famous constellations and celestial objects and provide you with interesting information about their history and characteristics.

What could you see

The Hampstead Observatory’s 6-inch Cooke Refractor Telescope lets you see impressive detail of celestial bodies. With the observatory’s telescope, the moon appears even larger and more detailed. You will be able to admire the craters on its surface, the mountains and the plains.

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