High Legh observatory June 2014

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undefinedThe village of High Legh six miles north-west of Knutsford now has its own astronomical observatory, following two years of fundraising and planning. The High Legh Community Observatory was co-founded by the Revd Jennifer Croft, Vicar of High Leigh, who is an amateur astronomer.

Parishioner Mark Holmes (also interested in astronomy) is the other co-founder. With help from others on a local steering group, Jennifer and Mark guided the project to fruition after receiving grants from WREN (a not for profit environmental company), Cheshire East Council and High Legh Parish Council.

The observatory was opened in June (2014) on land offered by Tim and Janet Harrison at Abbey Leys Farm, Peacock Lane, High Legh.

Vicar Jennifer said: “The observatory is open to all and will help to promote science and astronomy. It will engage with the science and religion debate, and it will work closely with both primary and secondary schools.  It will help us to explore the bigger questions of life and the universe. It is open to anyone of all abilities and ages.”

The observatory consists of a fenced area, containing a dome and a warm room.  It hosts a Meade 6” refractor, a Meade 12" Schmidt–Cassegrain, and a 12” Newtonian telescope. These telescopes will allow people to observe the sun (safely), the moon, the planets of solar system and deep space.

This interested in using / visiting the observatory should phone Revd Jennifer Croft on or 01925 759132 or email jennifer.croft69@btinternet.com

www.highlegh-communityobservatory.com

Below, Vicar Jennifer Croft at the observatory