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The Norman Lockyer Observatory

For over 100 years the Norman Lockyer Observatory has been host to a society of around 300 members. This has grown from the Sidmouth and District Astronomy Society and the Sidmouth Amateur Radio Society. Founded by Sir Norman Lockyer in 1912, the observatory was a centre for astrophysical and geophysical research until the 1980s.

East Devon District Council became the owners of the site in 1984, giving the societies increased access and better use of the facilities. In 1995 the two societies join together and formed the Norman Lockyer Observatory Society maintaining the site and giving the public increased access.

The Norman Lockyer Observatory
The Norman Lockyer Observatory
The Norman Lockyer Observatory

From top left - One of the powerful telescopes - One of the Observatories telescope domes - The picnic area

Membership is open to all with all members entering into the same class and are free to enter all the groups and activities. Details of memberships can be found here.

Throughout the year the Norman Lockyer Observatory provide courses to assist people in expanding their knowledge in a variety of different subjects. Courses generally run on Saturdays for most of the day and booking in advance is advised. Details on the courses, Intro to Astronomy and Intro to Imaging can be found on this page of their website.

The Observatory is open from a variety of times throughout the year all of which can be found on the updated page here.

The Norman Lockyer Observatory
The Norman Lockyer Observatory
The Norman Lockyer Observatory

From top left - A Dome hidden in the hillside - The lecture hall - The Norman Lockyer Observatory site

Looking to pursue a new hobby or interested in the universe already? then try the Norman Lockyer Observatory.