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Salford Observatory

Chaseley Road,

Chaseley Fields,

Salford. M6 7DZ, UK.

Tel (During Observatory meetings only) 0161 737 8382




The Salford Astronomical Society (SAS) is based at their observatory site on Chaseley Field in Salford

The society is made up of a friendly group of people who meet regularly and share a passion for Astronomy.

The individuals in the group have a range of interests that include astronomical events, nebulae, binary stars, imaging, telescope and binocular viewing and rockets and space travel.

The members range in age and experience and we are always ready and willing to welcome any newcomers and pass on help and advice where we can. 

During the winter months, we will spend time viewing through either our own ‘scopes or through any of the Observatory’s  telescopes, including the 18.5inch reflector, the 7th largest publicly owned in England.

Built in 1971 by the society members, the observatory houses an Equatorialy Fork Mounted 0.45m/f5.64 Newtonian Reflecting Telescope equipped with two refracting type finder telescopes of 0.05 & 0.105m OG. 

Originally housed at Jodrell Bank the telescope was offered to the societies in the area by the late Prof. Z. Kopal, head of Manchester University Astronomical Department, on the understanding that they could move and house it. Salford Astronomical Society was offered land owned by Salford City Council’s Education Department and so acquired the instruments.

As well as housing the telescopes, the building is the centre for many of the society’s activities and specialist group meetings. All books and records belonging to the society are kept here including several pieces of ancillary equipment such as filar micrometers, spectroscope, photographic and video cameras and computer. Public open nights are held on the FIRST Wednesday of each month and has many visiting parties from schools, scouts and other clubs.

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