CAS Observatory

Cardiff Astronomical Society have an excellent Observatory in the grounds of Dyffryn Gardens, which is situated in St Nicholas just outside Cardiff on the A48 Cardiff to Cowbridge Road.

The image on the left was taken by Chris one of the Dyffryn Garden staff, the rainbow falls directly on our observatory. Chris took the photo and assures me there's no pot of gold near the observatory.

Don't all rush, I have already double checked and it is not there

The Observatory is sited where it is not just because of the dark skies offered in this rural setting, but because the Society began life in 1975 when Dyffryn Gardens hosted an out-of-London meeting of the British Astronomical Association.

We also found that the Penylan Observatory, owned and run by Cardiff City Council (CCC) until it closed in 1979, had its telescope donated by a well-known Cardiff family "way back in 1906".

This telescope was earlier owned by the Rev W. Conybeare, of St Nicholas, where he was rector.

Today the observatory houses a state of the art CELESTRON 11" HD computer driven telescope. We also have a solar telescope mounted on a tripod and is used at Star Parties Observers Club.

The telescope can be use by all members of the Cardiff Astronomical Society (after an introductory training session) There must be two members in attendance for the observing session.

A Meteor detecting camera is installed which permanently monitors the sky collecting data on any meteorites detected.

In the beginning

In the beginning

Outside of Observatory

Outside of Observatory

Inside the  Observatory showing the state of the art CELESTRON 11” HD computer driven telescope

Inside the Observatory showing our state of the art CELESTRON 11” HD computer driven telescope.

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