About Us

The Bath Astronomers are a group of local Somerset amateur astronomers sharing a passion for observing the night and daytime sky. Our desire to share manifests itself in organising observing evenings:

  • for the group;
  • for a wider group that have expressed an interest in astronomy and observing;
  • for schools/youth groups such as beavers, brownies, scouts, guides;
  • for the general public.

The group meets up every month in Bath for talks, workshops or to informally chat and plan over a cup of tea and biscuits.

Bath Astronomers is a society with its own committee and constitution. The committee is comprised:

  • Chairperson;
  • Secretary;
  • Treasurer;
  • Ordinary Officers.

The committee meet at least bimonthly between September and June and coordinate the activities, membership and finances of the society in line with the constitution. Individuals are elected to the committee at an annual general meeting.

Bath Astronomers operates in partnership with William Herschel Society to deliver stargazing opportunities and practical observing in the local area and across the South West. The Bath Astronomers group benefits from Federation of Astronomical Society membership and public liability insurance in this symbiotic relationship.

Our History

The Bath Astronomers’ logo is a tongue in cheek reference to the year William Herschel discovered Uranus from a garden in Bath with his sister Caroline in 1781. The history of the society and group is a little more recent.

The original Bath Astronomical Society was inaugurated around 1976 by its founding members Bob Newman and Dave Ollis. The Society thrived with several dozen members at its peak. As with many societies, they are led by a small team of dedicated individuals giving huge amounts of time and effort. When they move on, the society reduces its scope and, in this case, closes its doors.

In 2010, the Bath Astronomers were reborn as the observing arm of the William Herschel Society under the guidance of Dick Phillips and focused on sharing and that passion for observing. In November 2019, the society was formed again to consolidate the expansion of practical observing over the prior two years and build upon it.