Erewash Canal Association Rally

Written by Michael Lowe on .

Please join us for our first Solar Viewing Event of the summer at the Erewash Canal Association's 50th Anniversary Rally on 26th May.

View the Sun through our special Solar telescopes (weather permitting), and also enjoy the other stalls and activities at the rally. Further details can be found on the Association's website above and on our Solar Viewing page.

Note - our telescopes are specially filtered for viewing the Sun. It is very dangerous to look directly at the Sun through any telescopes or binoculars that haven't been adapted, or even just looking with your eyes.

May Newsletter

Written by Scott Creed on .

The April edition of our society monthly newsletter, Event Horizon, has now been completed. You may access it here:

 Newsletter 133 Web Edition.

Our members can also access this and all previous editions by logging into the Members area of the website and going to the Archives section.

Coxmoor Road Speed Limit

Written by Cathy Beaumont on .

We have been asked by local residents to support their petition to reduce the speed limit on Coxmoor Road. The committee are in agreement with this aim and want to show their support. The petition only takes a few clicks to complete and is online at:
If you have visited our observatory we hope you will join us by registering your support too.

Planetarium Public Survey

Written by Steve Wallace on .

The public survey on our proposals to build a planetarium next to our observatory has now closed.  Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to complete it. We have had a great response from schools, the Scout Association and members of the public. We are particularly encouraged by the number of responses from schools indicating that they would like to send classes. We will use the information gathered to further develop our plans and to support our funding applications.  

We would welcome approaches from businesses who might be able to support our proposals either through work in kind or via a direct financial contributions. Please contact if you would like to discuss options.

Regular updates on progress will appear in our monthly newsletter.

Planetarium Project

Written by Chris Dakin on .

We’re raising money to build a Planetarium on the land next to our Observatory so that we can expand and enhance our astronomy education outreach activities.

If you do any shopping online and would like to help us raise some funds, at no cost to yourself, please register to support us at Easyfundraising. For information about how Easyfundraising works, watch this Youtube video:

If you want to get involved, follow this link:, create an account and choose “Sherwood Observatory Planetarium” as the Cause to support, and we’ll get an extra £1 donated to the fund when you make your first Easyfundraising purchase.

Also, if you're searching the internet, why not use Easysearch instead of your usual search engine and every result clicked will earn half a penny for our fund. It might not sound like much, but think of how many times you search the internet each day...all those halfpennies soon mount up. This is the Easysearch link: