Public Outreach


Visits to the Dick Chambers Sutton-at-Hone Observatory

Visits to the Dick Chambers Sutton-at-Hone Observatory are now available for schools & clubs.
Please contact our Secretary Dr. Mike Rushton by email for details.
The email address is

Please note that visits to the observatory are subject to the weather/viewing conditions and member availability to host.

Below is a list of clubs/schools that have visited the observatory:


Sutton-at-Hone Primary School

Sutton-at-Hone Beavers

Sutton-at-Hone Scouts

Sutton-at-Hone Cubs


Sutton-at-Hone Guides

9th Dartford Cubs

9th Dartford Beavers

1st Brigden Cubs



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Public Events

The purpose of these events is to provide an opportunity for members of the public to look through our telescopes* generally at the Sun (please note safety) as most events happen during day light hours and the planets and Moon if available.

We also provide activities for children, advice to youngsters taking GCSEs in Science and in Astronomy, Scout and Guiding groups on Astronomy badges and adults on the use of their telescopes or how to start out in this fascinating science of astronomy.

Generally we will have on show telescopes of various types and sizes, binoculars, meteorites and our own work.

On an average day we can expect to speak to well over 100 people and share views through our telescopes with many, many more.


*All equipment provided for public use is owned by our members – as our society funds do not extend to paying for such equipment.


Below are a list of public events we have attended. More are to be added.

Dartford Steam Festival 2015

Dartford Annual Steam & Classic Vehicle Festival – Saturday 9th May 2015 What a great day! Once again, CHMASD were at the Dartford Annual Steam & Classic Vehicle Festival in commemoration of the life and work of Richard Trevithick, steam pioneer, inventor, engineer and one time resident of Dartford. It was a fun & very busy day...

BAA Summer Meeting 2012

This meeting was hosted by Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society, the weather wasn’t great but we did manage to get the Solar scopes out for a short while. The lectures were great. Europe goes to Jupiter Dr Chris ArridgeAll about project JUICE an ESA mission to Jupiter Rosetta Dr Dan AndrewsAll about missions to comets with some insight...

BAA Exhibition Meeting 2010

Location: Greenwich, London, UK. [Show thumbnails] This meeting included a (Free) trip to the Planetarium organised by the SPA, and then the BAA exhibition meeting down the hill. At the meeting our founder, Gordon Taylor received an Award from the...

Dartford 2009

CMHAS at Dartford Festival 2009 Located at Dartford Park on the weekend of the 18th & 19th July 2009. We had a stand to promote Astronomy Courses at Adult Education College Bexley.  The stand was the same as it was at the Danson Show 2009.  A talk was also given by members Martin Crow & Honor Wheeler on getting to know your way...

Danson 2009

CMHAS at Danson Park, Bexleyheath 2009 This was a great event with thousands of people in attendance.  We met lots of people with telescopes who didn’t know how to use them and people with an interest in Astronomy but unaware of the Astronomy courses Bexley college had. The display consisted of 7 telescopes, including… • Two PST’s •...

Below are more events we have attended in the past. If written in blue click on it to see more information & photos of the day. 


CMHASD Star Gazing at Hall Place, Bexleyheath – Wednesday, 11th January 2017

Sutton-at-Hone Parish Council Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration – Sunday 12th June 2016

The Transit of Mercury Open Day 2016 – 9th May 2016 

Stargazing 2 – Oct 2015

Dartford Festival 2015

Mote Park, Stargazing 2015 

Dartford Show 2014

Dartford Show 2013

Danson Park 2011

Danson Park 2010

Dartford Show 2010