The society organises trips to visit places of interest, exhibitions and conferences. Members pay for shared transport and any entrance fees as appropriate - with the society obtaining group discounts wherever possible.

Saturday 9th March 2019 - Practical Astronomy Show

We are planning to visit this new show which is free to enter and offers a series of free talks about practical aspects of astronomy supported by displays from leading vendors. Aimed at all levels of knowledge, the show will cover all aspects of practical astro-photography and visual astronomy.

The show is hosted at Kettering Conference Centre and will run 9:30am - 5pm. See here for more information.

Friday 28th June - Saturday 29th June - Visit

After our successful two-day visit last year we are planning a similar event to visit the Manchester and Liverpool areas including the Jodrell Bank Observatory and Discover Centre.

Other events and places of interest

Friday 12th - Sunday 14th October 2018 - SGL 2018

The Stargazers Lounge is holding their 10th Star Party over the weekend of 12th October to 14th October. For the last few years and again this year it is being held at Lucksall Caravan and Camping Park - on our doorstep here

There's more information on the Stargazers Lounge site and the schedule for the weekend is here.

SGL welcome visitors - but remember if visiting at night do not drive in with headlights on or go searching for SGL members with a white torch - if there are gaps in the clouds they will be keenly peering at the skies with dark adapted eyes ... park at the entrance to Lucksall and walk down with a red torch.

Friday 12th - Saturday 13th October 2018 - 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 12th and Saturday 13th October 2018 - the same weekend as SGL 2018.

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

Information about the show and talks can be found here.

Saturday 27th October 2018 - Society for the History of Astronomy

Autumn Conference and AGM to be held on Saturday 27th October, 10:00 - 17:00 in the John Lee Theatre at the Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS. 

Conference speakers include Dr Allan Chapman FRAS, Andrew Stephens, Rob Peeling , Graham McLoughlin, John Chuter, Eddie Carpenter and Bob Bower. 

There is a charge for the day - £10.00 for members of the Society for the History of Astronomy and £15.00 for non-members.

There is more information here. To pre-register please contact Gerard Gilligan by email at:

Friday 8th February - Saturday 9th February 2019 - European Astrofest

European AstroFest is the world's premier space conference and exhibition, bringing together the professional and amateur communities. AstroFest will once again take place at Kensington Conference and Events Centre, London.

More information about Astrofest and the conference schedule and speakers will be announced on the show's website here.

If you are interested in visiting some other places or events with astronomical connections, how about these:

Ross-on-Wye Science Society meeting
Active and Adaptive Optics
First Wednesday in the month, 7:30 pm

BAA - British Astronomical Association
FAS - Federation of Astronomical Societies
The Spaceguard Centre, Knighton
The Hazard of Near Earth Objects
Greenwich Observatory and the Harrison Planetarium
The National Space Centre and planetarium, Leicester
Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath
Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield
Think Tank, Birmingham
Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth
The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux
University of Cardiff Observatory
The Armagh Observatory, NI