Beginner’s Meetings List

Brief aims

  1. To enable people who are new to astronomy to find their way around the night sky and to understand what they are looking at.
  2. To provide support and help for beginners wanting to learn how to use a telescope.


We will start at 7.30 and serve hot drinks and biscuits during the evening.

Please remember to wrap-up warmly and if you bring a torch, one with a red light (e.g. rear cycle light) is preferable. Mobile phone lights are not suitable when observing.

Admission costs £2.00 (£1.00 for children over 10 and children 10 or under FREE). Hot drink and biscuit 50p.

The focus of the programme from September 2018 to May 2019 will be the Moon. Viewing conditions permitting, our Moon should be visible at the time of the meeting every month from November to May and we may just about catch it in October. Every meeting will usually include a presentation on the Moon plus some other topic unless the sky is clear and we spend time outside observing. We will start assuming no prior knowledge of the Moon and gradually build your understanding of what you are looking at when viewing the Moon. Many of the specific observation targets are visible through binoculars so if you have any do bring them along.

Beginners' sessions contact

For further information contact beginners organiser, John –

Recommended book

There are many, many astronomy books for beginners. Choosing a suitable book depends very much on your personal preferences – don’t take our word for it!

If you just want to get more familiar with the night sky then StarFinder for Beginners published by DK is a new and beautifully illustrated book well worth looking at.

Another worth considering is Turn Left at Orion by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis (Cambridge University Press) – 31 Jan 2019 edition. This book is quite expensive and is one to grow into if you have a telescope.

Recommended software

Stellarium – free planetarium software.

Handouts and links

Links to external sites are provided for additional information. We do not endorse such websites; we are not responsible for, and cannot be held liable for their content.