CMHASD Public Outreach

1. Visits to the Dick Chambers Sutton-at-Hone Observatory

Visits to the Dick Chambers Observatory are now available for schools & clubs.
Please contact our Secretary Dr. Mike Rushton by email for details.
The email address is

Please note that visits to the observatory are subject to the weather/viewing conditions and member availability to host.

Below is a list of clubs/schools that have visited the observatory.

If the club/school name is underlined, click on the name to see photos of the visit.


Sutton-at-Hone Primary School

Dartford Beavers

Sutton-at-Hone Beavers

Sutton-at-Hone Scouts

Sutton-at-Hone Cubs

9th Dartford Cubs


2. Public Events

The purpose of these events is to provide an opportunity for members of the public to look through our telescopes* generally at the Sun (note safety) as most events happen during day light hours and the planets and Moon if available.

We also provide activities for children, advice to youngsters taking GCSEs in Science and in Astronomy, Scout and Guiding groups on Astronomy badges and adults on the use of their telescopes or how to start out in this facinating science of astronomy in the beginners section on the resources page.

Generally we will have on show telescopes of various types and sizes, binoculars, meteorites, and our own work.

On an average day we can expect to speak to well over 100 people and share views through our telescopes with many, many more.

*All equipment provided for public use is owned by our members - as our society funds do not extend to paying for such equipment.

Below are a list of public events we have attended and will be attending.

Click on the event title or 'here' to see information, photos and images taken of that day.
CMHASD Star Gazing at Hall Place, Bexleyheath
Wednesday, 11th January 2017
Click here to see photos of the evening.

Dartford Festival 2016 - Central Park, Dartford - Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July 2016
Braeburn Park Nature Reserve Open Day - Sunday 10th July 2016
Sutton-at-Hone Parish Council Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration - Sunday 12th June 2016
The Transit of Mercury Open Day 2016 - 9th May 2016
Dartford Steam Festival 2016 - 7th May 2016
Stargazing 2 - Oct 2015
Dartford Festival 2015
Dartford Steam Festival 2015
Mote Park, Stargazing 2015
Stargazing 2015
Dartford Show 2014
Dartford Steam Festival 2014
Dartford Show 2013
Dartford Steam Festival 2013
Dartford Show 2012
BAA Summer Meeting 2012
Danson 2011
Dartford Show 2010
Danson 2010
BAA Exhibition Meeting - Greenwich 2010
Danson 2009
Dartford Show 2009