Our History

1962: Local astronomy enthusiast, Arthur Taylor, identifies other like-minded people within Salford and establishes a group with a common interest in astronomy and related topics

1964:
Subsequent to discussions and agreement with Salford Council (dept of education) the group is permitted to hold astronomical classes at Chaseley Field centre.

1967: he success of these classes leads to the formation of the Salford Astronomical Society and its inaugural meeting at 19.30 on 6th September 1967 in Buile Hill Park science museum (Mr. C H Wheddon – Chairman, Mr. A E Clarke Mayor of Salford – President).

1969: Professor Zdenek Kopal (University of Manchester) discusses the potential availability of the Jodrell Bank 45cm (18”) telescope with Arthur Taylor and members of Salford Astronomical Society.

1970: Salford Astronomical Society put in place plans to raise funds, identify a site and accommodate the telescope within a new and dedicated observatory in Salford.

The telescope is decommissioned at Jodrell Bank and transported, erected and commissioned at Chaseley Field site.

1971: The observatory is officially opened on the 26th October 1971 by Sir Patrick Moore CBE HonFRS FRAS.

2011: A number of telescopes are donated to the society including a 8″ 5000mm Coude (folded) refractor, made out of a submarine periscope, and a 14″ Darkstar dobsonian reflector both from Dr Alec Jenner.

2020:
Major renovation takes place which features a brand new sign that includes the new logo design, painting of the outside and cleaning of the dome.

2020: Also as part of the renovation, the installation of new tech including a projector and 7 foot screen to play live launches and other events from around the world. 

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