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, has recently undergone calibration testing.

12″ reflecting telescope

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 can attend these sessions free of charge. Non-members  will be charged an entrance fee but can take out membership on the night. Membership, of course, also 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