The Nottingham Astronomical Society are a friendly group of amateur astronomers from all walks of life. Whilst providing regular guest-speaker events, we encourage active observing. The Society owns and operates an observatory near Cotgrave, which houses our 24-inch large reflector telescope.

We are very active in public outreach, partnering with regional organisations, educational establishments and the BBC. We support several specialist interest groups, including astrophotography, radio astronomy and dark skies campaigning; we also maintain close ties with other astronomical societies and university research departments.

Since 1980, we have been twinned with the Karlruhe Astronomical Society (Astronomischen Vereinigung Karlsruhe, AOD), based in Germany.

If you are interested in astronomy, you are welcome to come along to our meetings. Most meetings include an illustrated talk by a guest speaker, and admission is free to occasional visitors.

Next event:

June 2nd, 2016 – 8.00pm: “GAIA- A billion pixel survey of a billion stars”
Dr. Elmé Breedt
University of Warwick

Our meetings are held on the FIRST Thursday of each month (except August). Doors open at 7.30pm, with the meeting starting at 8.00pm. The ‘How to find our meetings‘ page gives you the details of the location.

Please see our Constitution here.


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