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 cost £1 (50p for children and concessions). 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

Turn Left at Orion by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis (Cambridge University Press) – Sept 2011 edition available from ISBN: 978-0-521-15397-3. This book is ideal for anyone intending to start observing with binoculars or a telescope.

Recommended software

Stellarium – free planetarium software.