Coats Observatory

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Contact Information

49 Oakshaw Street West, Paisley PA1 2DE
Coats Observatory Website
03003001210
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Opening Hours

Mondays: Closed
Wednesdays: 11am - 4pm (closed for lunch 1pm - 2pm)
Fridays: 11am - 4pm (closed for lunch 1pm - 2pm)
Sundays: 2pm - 5pm
Tuesdays: 11am - 4pm (closed for lunch 1pm - 2pm)
Thursdays: 11am - 4pm (closed for lunch 1pm - 2pm)
Saturdays: 11am - 4pm (closed for lunch 1pm - 2pm)
Coats Observatory
About Coats Observatory

Coats Observatory is the oldest public observatory in Scotland and was gifted to the people of Paisley by Thomas Coats and designed by Glasgow Architect John Honeyman, Coats Observatory opened in 1883 and has been welcoming everyone with an interest in astronomy ever since.

The observatory has recently installed a state-of-the-art digital planetarium, purchased from the Thomas Coats bequest, which allows visitors to enjoy the wonders of the night sky from the comfort of their own chair.

This new planetarium can project thousands of stars in an accurate representation of the night sky highlighting constellations and zooming in on objects too faint to be seen except through a powerful telescope. High resolution images of distant galaxies, nebulae and star clusters can now be viewed in incredible detail.

Upcoming Events

Winter Viewing Nights

Winter Viewing Nights

23 November 2017
See the moon, the planets and other astronomical wonders as never before at Coats Observatory!
Winter Viewing Nights

Winter Viewing Nights

28 November 2017
See the moon, the planets and other astronomical wonders as never before at Coats Observatory!
Winter Viewing Nights

Winter Viewing Nights

30 November 2017
See the moon, the planets and other astronomical wonders as never before at Coats Observatory!
Winter Viewing Nights

Winter Viewing Nights

05 December 2017
See the moon, the planets and other astronomical wonders as never before at Coats Observatory!
Winter Viewing Nights

Winter Viewing Nights

07 December 2017
See the moon, the planets and other astronomical wonders as never before at Coats Observatory!
Winter Viewing Nights

Winter Viewing Nights

12 December 2017
See the moon, the planets and other astronomical wonders as never before at Coats Observatory!
Winter Viewing Nights

Winter Viewing Nights

14 December 2017
See the moon, the planets and other astronomical wonders as never before at Coats Observatory!
Winter Viewing Nights

Winter Viewing Nights

19 December 2017
See the moon, the planets and other astronomical wonders as never before at Coats Observatory!
Winter Viewing Nights

Winter Viewing Nights

21 December 2017
See the moon, the planets and other astronomical wonders as never before at Coats Observatory!

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