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 Karlsruhe Astronomical Society (Astronomischen Vereinigung Karlsruhe, AOD), based in Germany.

Our main meetings are held on the FIRST Thursday of each month (except August). Doors open at 7.00pm, with the meeting starting at 8.00pm. Our Social and Practical Astronomy meeting are held on the THIRD Thursday of each month. Doors open at 7.30pm, with the meeting starting at 8.00pm.


The October meeting at Plumtree (Thursday 18th October) will be delivered by Gareth Davies. Gareth is going to tell us about the project he has undertaken to try and image all of the planets in our solar system from his back garden. We’ll hear the highs and lows of this venture and practically he has gone about planning and executing this project, and also hear how far he has got with it.

Venue: Burnside Memorial Hall, Plumtree, NG12 5ND.
Doors open at 19:30, talk commences are 20:00.
Everyone welcome.


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We will post one for Android when we find one.

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