The Cygnus Observatory is open to organised groups from 1st October to 31st March, inclusive. Visits are by appointment only and a small charge (usually a few pounds) is required to help cover costs. Please contact our Vists & Events Cordinator, using (‘Visits or Event Related Query’) on the Contacts page to book your visit.
Visitors will need to wrap up warm, wear a hat and bring a torch.
The Observatory was built by members of the Society, and was opened by the 14th Astronomer Royal, Sir Arnold Wolfendale, on 2 October 2002. The new observatory was named after the constellation of Cygnus, the Swan, because of the connection to the Wildfowl Trust. Inside the dome is a Meade LX200 14 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain reflecting telescope with full computer control. The GO-TO system will automatically find whatever celestial object the observer wishes to view. The telescope was purchased thanks to the generosity of the City 0f Sunderland\’s SIB grant scheme.
The Cygnus Observatory is run on a voluntary basis and is for the use of members of the Society and the public, with supervision.