The Society was founded in 1981 to provide the Newbury and West Berkshire area of the UK with a focal point for all those interested in astronomy, regardless of age, experience or expertise.
The Society holds regular speaker and beginners meetings from September to June and your annual subscription covers entry to all meetings. If you are not a member, but would like to come along to any meeting you will be most welcome at any meeting. (a nominal charge is made for non-members)
Our Vice President is Dr. Allan Chapman who regularly entertains us with a lecture at our Christmas Dinner.
The Society is a member of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and a registered charity.
Each month, the society has s a guest speaker, who will talk about their specialised subject, followed by a "what's up" describing the sky that month and sometimes an additional 5-minute talk from a society member on something they have been doing recently. Free refreshments are available during the interval.
Note: if you have something that you would like to talk about in the 5-minute slot, please contact a committee member.
The meetings are held on the first Friday of each month from September to June and start at 7.30pm. See programme for dates and talk information .
The meetings are held at the United Reformed Church Hall, Pembroke Street (off West Street) in Newbury.
Parking available in several nearby car parks. See Map for details or click here for an interactive map.
Beginner's meetings are open to all ages and abilities. Come along and hear about what's going on in the sky that month and an astronomy talk in layman's terms. Free refreshments are available during the interval and if the sky is clear we will take telescopes outside for observing.
The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from September to May, start at 7.15pm and end at 9pm. See programme for dates and talk information.
Beginners meetings are held in St. Mary's Church Hall, Greenham
Post code: RG19 8RZ
Free parking on site. Click here for map
The Society also holds occasional observing evenings at local dark sites. See the meetings page for dates as they are announced.