Welcome to the website of the
Charterhouse Centre Observatory


The observatory is located under superb dark skies in the heart of Somerset's Mendip Hills
and houses an enormous 18.25 inch Fullerscopes Newtonian reflector telescope.
Originally built in 1973 as a collaboration between Somerset Education Authority and the
Mendip Astronomers, it is one of the largest instruments available
to organised educational groups in the South West.
The observatory is operated by a dedicated group of local astronomers who are not only experts
  in their field, but also highly experienced in delivering astronomy courses for
 beginners through to GCSE level and beyond.
The Charterhouse Centre hosts a regular series of astronomy talks and viewing evenings,
open to all and providing an excellent opportunity to meet fellow enthusiasts.  To support
the interests of the junior astronomers amongst us, the observatory is available for
organised school visits and we frequently run Stargazer evenings for Brownies and Cubs,
covering all the topics needed to earn their Stargazer badge.
Please visit the pages below to learn about the history of the observatory and facilities available,
 meet the astronomy team and see the range of events scheduled for the coming months.



    ***  Forthcoming Events  ***    
  History Current Weather Forecast Links  
  Meet the Team Directions to Charterhouse Facilities  
    Click on the galaxy to visit Pete Richardson's    
amazing astrophotography site
    Click above to join the Facebook page for    
our university-grade research project
being led by Mark Woodland


To request an observatory visit or enquire about courses
please contact Adrian Dening
07545 641068


  You are space explorer  


Site updated: 15th September 2015 Designed for 1024 x 768 resolution
The Charterhouse Centre Observatory is owned by Somerset County Council and this independent website has
 been written for the sole purpose of supporting the activities running there