The Observatory

 

 

The observatory is based in the town of Reepham in the grounds of the Reepham High School and College (RHSC) in North Norfolk. The observatory was founded in 2003 to provide astronomical facilities to the school and the local community.

The observatory  is used as a teaching facility, for student projects and science open events and astronomy related public open events.

Telescopes

The main visual telescope is a 30″ reflector housed in a 20 foot dome. Known as the “Deep Space Telescope’, this large instrument has a computer controlled drive system, focus and rotating eyepiece holder. The 20 foot dome is also driven.

   

 Deepspacedome

 Robodome1

The ‘Deepspace’  telescope is used by teaching staff, students and local astronomers for visual observations and astro photography. 

The mount is also utilised as an observing platform for smaller telescopes, solar instruments and camera.

Robodome

The robotic observatory consist of a Technical Innovation’s “Robodome”, a 10″ Meade LX200 telescope, and an  Starlight Xpress SXV-H9C  video camera. The LX200 is mounted on a 4 meter tower and is connected to the school and the internet over network.

A new 15 foot dome is under construction, which will host multiple telescopes on a new type of mount called the AllSky.

 

 

The observatory  is used as a teaching facility, for student projects and science open events and astronomy related public open events.

We hold regular public open-days/nights, Star Parties, and support the BBC Stargazing Live events. Although many of our meetings and observation sessions are for students and members, we will open the Observatory to the public on weekend evening at 7pm.