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.

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.

Beginners' sessions contact

For further information contact beginners organiser, John Dunthorne.


The programme is subject to alteration because if there is a clear evening we would want to take advantage of it to do some observing. This could include giving participants the opportunity to operate some of the telescopes. In that situation the scheduled talk might be postponed.

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 30p.