Observatory for Cornwall


A hub. A community. A space to discover and learn about the endless beauty of our universe

OFC is a registered charity setup as a community hub and research facility for the public. Nested in the peaceful backdrop of Chacewater, the OFC takes full advantage of its location, with almost zero light pollution, offering its visitors unparalleled clarity of the night sky.


With two on-site and purpose built, 20ft domes, a visitor centre and wide selection of long range telescopes, visitors and it’s members will have lots to discover.

More About Us

Who we are

The Observatory for Cornwall is a charity setup in the heart of the historic mining village of Wheal Busy, Cornwall. The purpose of the charity is to provide its members and the general public, access to astronomy facilities, resources, events and more.

The society is run by a collective of passionate volunteers who build, refurbish and maintain the site. We are always on the look out for new members to join and help us grow. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a member, please click the link below.

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What's here

There’s lots to explore at the OFC, both on the ground and in the skies;

  • Two purpose built 20ft domes
  • 8 telescopes including;
    • 6 inch refractor and a 10 inch reflector telescope
    • 12inch Celestron, 6inch Meadex2
  • Smaller telescopes for junior stargazing and learning on
  • Visitor resources including books, and astronomical papers.
  • Society centre where we host research projects, community events, and more.

Visit Us

Visitors: For new visitors looking to attend the site, we are currently requesting bookings be made, and in compliance with Covid-19. Please head to our Contact Us page to make a booking.

Join Us

As a not-for-profit, community focussed charity, we rely heavily on donation support to maintain our operations and continue the development of the OFC for the wider community to enjoy.

By signing up, not only are you contributing to the preservation of the project, but you’ll also get some great member benefits too. Click here to find out more, or if you’d like to make a donation, you can use the form below.