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Public Open night
A fun night out for the whole family
Free Entry

Unfortunately, because of the actions by Essex County Council we are unable to hold Public open nights at Hadleigh Country park, we are looking for an alternative venue and will post an update when possible. 

We plan to have many telescopes of various sizes, to bring you the very best sights of the night sky. If the conditions are good, you will hopefully go home after seeing some amazing objects such as:


The Moon

The Earth's natural satellite, orbits some 240,000 miles from us. Its airless surface is covered with impact craters of all sizes, formed by meteorite bombardment. The darker grey areas are called "Mare" (Latin for "sea") but are actually ancient lava flows which have now cooled.

We offer two ways of viewing the Moon. You can look at it through traditional telescopes which will give good views of it at various magnifications.

We also have our Moon projector. This is located in the Country Park's Iron Age Hut. Come in, sit down and see our interactive talk on the Moon which is centred around a projector showing the surface of the Moon in amazing detail on a large screen. The images are live from a camera attached to a large telescope just outside.

Point & Shoot (You decide)

Another telescope will be available to view whatever you want! Have a go at using a telescope yourself with expert advice. If you are seriously interested in buying a telescope, this is the chance to ask questions before you go out and buy. This telescope is also accessible for wheelchair users.

All these objects and telescopes are subject to change and objects may be added or removed on the night.

Other objects will be posted nearer the time so check back soon. Our RSS, Twitter and Facebook feeds will alert you when the object list has been posted

Our Public Open Nights are held at:
Hadleigh Country Park
Chapel Lane
Location map of Hadleigh Country Park

The Venue is NOT at Hadleigh Castle itself!

Free car parking is available on site in the large public car park.

For further information about the Open night or the Castle Point Astronomy Club,
please contact us or subscribe to our Open Night RSS FEED for the latest news, or Follow @CPAstroClub


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