Staring up into the sky and seeing the stars and planets revolve above you is one of those joys you can have wherever you are in the world for free. Getting to know the night sky can be very rewarding. You understand more about what is going on above you. How big things are, what they are made of and how far away they are.
At the Bath Astronomers we welcome newcomers whether they are new to the night sky or have been interested for a while. You don’t need to own any equipment to come along and find out more. Our observing evenings usually attract a wind range of telescopes from members so you can look through exciting amateur equipment and get great views of many celestial objects. We try to run these sessions at least monthly around the time of the New Moon (for darker skies) at a local venue such as Wellow, Roundhill or Tunley
We have a bimonthly beginners meeting in Bath starting at 7:30pm at the the Herschel Museum of Astronomy on New King Street. This is an opportunity to get to know the group and get involved. The meetings occur on the last Thursday of alternate months and you can find the details of each on our Facebook page @BathAstronomers. Alternate months we’ll meet up at a local public house (the New Inn, Monmouth Street) to chat and discuss looking up. If you want, you can pop along to one of the William Herschel Society‘s public lectures. These occur every month or so, usually at Bath Royal Literature and Science Institute (BRLSI) from 7:30pm. If you like what you see, you can opt to join the Society, see Membership.
Don’t rush out and buy a telescope. Come, join in and find out more. Find out what interests you most. Another member is likely to have equipment similar to that you might what to buy so we encourage having a go and making sure a purchase is right for you.
Subject to stock, we are often able to loan out telescopes too. These gifted to the society telescopes are good introductions to astronomy and helping you learn your way around the skies.
The group is a safe environment to find out more, find like minded people and start exploring the Universe. Pop along to one of our gatherings and ask for Simon or Jenna.