Monkton Nature Reserve is home to the Monkton Stargazers astronomy group and the two Thanet Observatories.
The main observatory houses a 12” reflecting telescope. The smaller observatory, built in 2015, is currently undergoing calibration testing.
The Thanet Observatory is involved in a project to view young protostars with the Centre of Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
Monkton Stargazers Events
The Monkton Stargazers hold a number of planned public viewing evenings a year. Members of the Reserve are automatically entitled to attend these sessions free of charge. Non-members may attend one viewing evening free, as a taster, but will be required to take out membership for future attendance. Membership, of course, gives free access to the Reserve during normal opening hours. Find out more about the benefits of membership.
The Monkton Stargazers also hold many additional events throughout the year, and some impromptu sessions if the weather looks particularly favourable. Details of events can be found in the Events section of this website, as well as on our Facebook site.
Members of the Reserve are automatically entitled to attend many of the events free or at a reduced rate. They will also be placed on an emailing list which will automatically inform them of any impromptu viewing sessions.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Reserve, perhaps helping out with the astronomy sessions, then please go to our Volunteering Positions page and see what opportunities we currently have. You will also find a link to a volunteering form, which you can fill in online, if there are any roles you are interested in.