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Newchurch Observatory

Newchurch Observatory is located on the Isle of Wight in the English Channel, just off the south coast of the UK. The observatory is home to the Vectis Astronomical Society (VAS), a friendly group of 70 or so amateur astronomers. The observatory has dark skies and, with the support of the organization Dark Wight Skies,…read more »

Newchurch Observatory is located on the Isle of Wight in the English Channel, just off the south coast of the UK. The observatory is home to the Vectis Astronomical Society (VAS), a friendly group of 70 or so amateur astronomers. The observatory has dark skies and, with the support of the organization Dark Wight Skies, is trying to gain “Dark Skies Status” for the island. Every Thursday after 8 pm the observatory opens its doors to the public. The VAS says, “You are welcome to visit the observatory. So, if you need some help setting up your telescope, would like some advice or are just interested to see what we do, feel free to pay us a visit. Please contact us beforehand if your group visit contains more than 6 people.”

Deborah Byrd