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Welcome to Astronomy in Herefordshire.

Latest News:

News and new items of interest to Herefordshire Astronomical Society members. 

The first observing night at Berrington Hall will take place this Thursday 12th October - 7pm - 9pm. The night WILL GO AHEAD whether its cloudy or not. If it is cloudy we will have a session in the cafe area - Mark will bring the coffee, tea, milk etc

There are a few new members so it will give us a chance to meet up and chat about telescopes, eyepieces, star maps, planetarium software etc plus anything else that members may require advice upon.

Members travelling to Berrington Hall should go past the main gate on the A49 and drive until you see the turning, on the left, to Moreton, Eye Luston. Travel along that road for half a mile where you will see the entrance to Berrington Hall on your left - take the entrance on the right marked 'tradesman'. Drive into Berrington and park in front on the pillars DO NOT park in the forecourt.

If any member attending has a digital projector it would be appreciated.

Also this weekend is the International Astronomy Show at Stoneleigh Park - more information here. If you are thinking of buying any kit or just attend a lecture there is a full programme of talks.

12th October 2017
7 - 9 pm
Berrington Hall
Practical observing and advice session.
More information here. 

Observing highlights for this month: Telescope House - monthly night sky guide

Next Meeting:

Have a look at the rest of our programme for 2017/2018 here.

Thursday 2nd November 2017
7 - 9 pm
New Horizons at Pluto
Paul Money (Reviews Editor – Sky at Night magazine)
at the Kindle Centre Belmont Road Hereford HR2 7JE  (Next to ASDA - more information here

Next Observing Session:

The National Trust has very kindly allowed us the use of the grounds in front of Berrington Hall to hold our observing evenings. Berrington Hall is located just to the north of Leominster and the site has a wide open vista to the south with reasonably dark skies. Like all good National Trust properties, Berrington Hall has a cafe - which we are allowed access to when retreating from the cold or clouded skies. Berrington Hall is a neo-classical mansion with fine interiors, set in landscaped grounds - well worth a visit in day time (here).

So come and talk to new or more experienced society members - hopefully have a look through some telescopes and binoculars at the night sky. Share your thoughts, pick up some observing tips and recommendations, discuss your astronomical problems and projects, bring your own equipment for advice on how best to use it. We will defer the observing meeting to the following evening (Friday) if the weather forecast indicates it would be better. Members can bring their own refreshments and the Servant's Hall Tea Room will be left open for us to use for refreshment and talks. Look out for the latest news on this website and we'll email out any change to arrangements to members.

We start our observing sessions in October when the early evenings are dark enough for us to see what's up and about in the night sky.

12th October 2017
6:30 - 9 pm
Berrington Hall
Practical observing and advice session.
More information here. 

Next Star Party:

We're looking at a number of exciting opportunities to support local organisations and their requests for us to run a star party for them.



Next Visit:

Once or twice a year, members like to jump in cars or climb in a mini-bus and make their way to go and see something interesting outside of Herefordshire (passports not required). Previous trips have been to the Spaceguard Centre, the International Astronomy Show, the National Space Centre, Jodrell Bank and the Institure of Astronomy, Cambridge. Members pay for shared transport and any entrance fees as appropriate.

The next event that members may be interested in is the Annual International Astronomy Show at Stoneleigh Park. HAS is not organising an official trip, but do say if you are interested in going - there are always other members planning to go.

13th - 14th October 2017
 International Astronomy Show
The International Astronomy Show was inaugurated in 2013 and proved to be a great success - including a visit by HAS members. The next show will be held on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October 2017. 

The show is held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire (CV8 2LZ) - the old site of the Royal Agricultural Show.

More information here.