Fernley Observatory Open Day Hesketh Park in Southport (Sun 28 Aug) August 28th, 2016 admin Latest News Latest Whats On Shares Comments Fernley Observatory Open Day Hesketh Park in Southport (Sun 28 Aug) The Fernley Astronomical Observatory in Hesketh Park, Southport will be open to the public today. The Fernley Observatory, built in 1901, houses a Thomas Cook six-inch refractor telescope which was made in 1869. The observatory and telescope was given as a public gift by its owner Joseph Baxendell Jr in memory of his father. It is now managed by the Fernley Observatory Heritage Group which is are working with the Parks department of Sefton Council to restore the observatory into a working centre for the study of astronomy and space research. There will be displays of astronomy hardware, talks by members of the Southport Astronomical Society and others, and displays of space rockets and information on space exploration. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email [email protected] Facebook www.facebook.com/Otsnews-Southport-1575528676012039/ Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected]– relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Related Comments comments!