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Useful Links

Useful Links

Astronomy Organisations

The International Dark Sky Association founded in 1988, and aims to protect the night skies for present and future generations.

The UK Dark Sky Discovery partnership promotes Dark Sky Discovery Sites nominated by a network of local groups and associations as their top local spot to see the stars.

The Commission for Dark Skies, set up by members of the British Astronomical Association in 1989, is a network of volunteers and supporters working to promote the benefits of the right amount of well-directed lighting and only where needed.

Planetariums & Observatories

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium is a family-friendly, hands-on, interactive, science and technology centre with the largest standalone planetarium cinema in the UK!

The South Downs Planetarium, Chichester, a registered educational charity run by experienced volunteers, can arrange special shows for private groups, schools and clubs.

Operating in the former home of The Royal Greenwich Observatory since 1995, the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, offers over 100 interactive hands-on exhibits and exhibitions alongside the historic telescopes and domes.

Astronomy Clubs & Classes

The Southern Area Group of Astronomical Societies (SAGAS) was established in 1973 as a forum for Astronomical groups and societies across the South of England to share ideas and discuss topics of mutual interest.

HantsAstro offers regular classes and runs evening observing and imaging events in practical astronomy and astro-imaging.

The South Downs Planetarium hosts a number of presentations open to the public held each month.

Seven Sisters Astronomical Society (SSAS) is named after the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs.  The society host most of their observations within the Seven Sisters Country Park and run public outreach events with the National Trust and other local organisations.

Where to buy a telescope

If you have caught the stargazing bug and want to invest in your own equipment, there are a number of local telescope suppliers, including Darkframe, 365 Astronomy and Sussex Astronomy Centre.


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