Loughton Astronomical Society

Loughton Astronomical Society

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About Us
If you are interested in Astronomy and Space Science then the Loughton Astronomical Society will be of interest to you and your family. We welcome all levels of experience, whether you are serious and want to learn more, or are just curious to fill an evening. The LAS is a friendly and approachable group with both a regular and a junior section, AstroKyds.
If you are interested in Astronomy and Space Science then the Loughton Astronomical Society will be of interest to you and your family. We welcome all levels of experience, whether you are serious and want to learn more, or are just curious to fill an evening. The LAS is a friendly and approachable group with both a regular and a junior section, AstroKyds.
What's coming up

All LAS meetings are held in Scout Hall, Theydon Bois, starting at 8pm.

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30/06/2022  LAS Members
Solar Observing. Miscellaneous titbits if cloudy.

07/07/2022* Prof Martin Hardcastle
Surveying the Sky for Radio Galaxies

14/07/2022* Andrew Mowbray
The Astronomers' Guide to Strange Things in the Sky

21/07/2022* Prof Andrew Edkins
Considering Off World Living, from Romantic Notion to Harsh Reality

28/07/2022  Jonathan Daniels and Malcolm Zack
Summer Skies - A view of what can be seen in the night sky with binoculars and telescopes

04/08/2022* Prof. Allan Chapman FRAS
The Achievement of Sir William Herschel, 200 years on; 1822 to 2022

11/08/2022  LAS Members
BBQ at Cricket Club. Perseid Watch if clear.

18/08/2022* Affelia Wibisono
Seeing Jupiter's Aurora in a New Light

25/08/2022  LAS Members
Public observing. Alternate programme of miscellaneous talks if cloudy

01/09/2022* Dr Matthew Bothwell
The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy. Author of "The Invisible Universe: Why There's More to Reality than Meets the Eye".

08/09/2022* Michael Czajkowski
Mercury

15/09/2022  Paul Julier
For New Astronomers - Go To Telescope Setup

22/09/2022  LAS Members
Observing if clear. Miscellaneous titbits if cloudy

29/09/2022* Gary Auker
Does Venus Life Exist?

06/10/2022  Garry Coverdale
Science Fiction Films vs Astrophysics

13/10/2022  Jonathan Daniels and Malcolm Zack
Autumn Skies - A view of what can be seen in the night sky with binoculars and telescopes

20/10/2022* Dr Aayush Saxena
JWST is Up and Running: What to Expect Next.

27/10/2022  Steve Ringwood
Another fine mess....

03/11/2022  LAS Members and friends
Fireworks evening with hot food

10/11/2022  LAS Members
Does the Team Think

A number of LAS members are skilled in capturing images of the night sky; sketching or astrophotography. They are always ready to share ideas and techniques.
Here is a selection of some of their latest images.
Please go to our Gallery page for a full display.

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Attending a meeting
The LAS meets 8 - 10pm every Thursday evening. If you would like to join us, please complete an email from the Contact us page. If after a few visits you would like to become a Member, then our Secretary will be delighted to help.
Our programme covers a varied range of topics: scientists and astronomers presenting their latest research, cosmology, observing, the history of astronomy, equipment and software functionality, and much more. We always continue our discussions after the main talk in the bar of the local cricket club.
We use digital media such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Zoom to hear from astronomers across the world, give weather updates for observing, what is happening in the sky, or the latest developments in space flight and astronomy.

Everyone is welcome to join us on one of our public family Open Observing evenings, to look through Society telescopes with the help of an experienced astronomer. Bring your own telescope to gain some hints and tips to get the most out of your instrument. If cloudy there is always an alternative programme.

The LAS meets 8 - 10pm every Thursday evening. If you would like to join us for a Thursday evening, complete an email from the Contact us page. If after a few visits you would like to become a Member, then our Secretary will be delighted to help.
Our programme covers a varied range of topics: scientists and astronomers presenting their latest research, cosmology, observing, the history of astronomy, equipment and software functionality, and much more. We always continue our discussions after the main talk in the bar of the local cricket club (currently virtual).
We use digital media such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Zoom to hear from astronomers across the world, give weather updates for observing, what is happening in the sky, or the latest developments in space flight and astronomy.

Everyone is welcome to join us on one of our public family Open Observing evenings, to look through Society telescopes with the help of an experienced astronomer. Bring your own telescope to gain some hints and tips to get the most out of your instrument. If cloudy there is always an alternative programme.

Benefits of Membership
A varied programme of Thursday meetings and a library of past talks provides for all interests. Being part of an active group means experience is shared and help or support is always available.
We also have affiliated membership of the FAS, the BAA, the SHA and the SPA and their newsletters are distributed to members.
The Society owns a number of telescopes and mounts for use by members; a 16 inch Dobsonian plus a number of smaller telescopes including a specialised Solar Scope.
If you want to be with like-minded astronomers in a friendly environment, if you are looking for some observing or imaging tips, an appreciative audience for your astronomical photographs or just some company while observing then why not join us.

Membership is on a sliding scale, up to £25 per annum. Please email us on the Contact us page.

A varied programme of Thursday meetings and a library of past talks provides for all interests. Being part of an active group means experience is shared and help or support is always available.
We also have affiliated membership of the FAS, the BAA, the SHA and the SPA and their newsletters are distributed to members.
The Society owns a number of telescopes and mounts for use by members; a 16 inch Dobsonian plus a number of smaller telescopes including a specialised Solar Scope.
If you want to be with like-minded astronomers in a friendly environment, if you are looking for some observing or imaging tips, an appreciative audience for your astronomical photographs or just some company while observing then why not join us.

Membership is on a sliding scale, up to £25 per annum. Please email us on the Contact us page.

Autumn Equinox Sky Camp
A major event in the LAS calendar is the Autumn Equinox Sky Camp. This takes place every September or October (depending on the new moon) at Kelling Heath, a dark site in North Norfolk. The Saturday includes visiting lecturers, trade stands, tour of the telescopes as well as the usual observing all week. There are bars and restaurants if the weather is cloudy. For more information click Equinox Sky Camp.
Other Events
As well as the Equinox Sky Camp, we also organise weekend observing trips, solstice meals and visits to astronomical sites. You can find details of these in our full programme.
Autumn Equinox Sky Camp
A major event in the LAS calendar is the Autumn Equinox Sky Camp. This takes place every September or October (depending on the new moon) at Kelling Heath, a dark site in North Norfolk. The Saturday includes visiting lecturers, trade stands, tour of the telescopes as well as the usual observing all week. There are bars and restaurants if the weather is cloudy. For more information click Equinox Sky Camp.
Other Events
As well as the Equinox Sky Camp, we also organise weekend observing trips, solstice meals and visits to astronomical sites. You can find details of these in our full programme.
AstroKyds
For our younger observers (6-14 years) we have a junior section that meets on the second Friday of each month.
We ask that a responsible adult or carer stays with the child.
Click AstroKyds for full details or email us on the Contact us page for more information.
For our younger observers (6-14 years) we have a junior section that meets on the second Friday of each month.
We ask that a responsible adult or carer stays with the child.
Click AstroKyds for full details or email us on the Contact us page for more information.
History of the Society
The Society was formed in 1968 from a mirror making class at Loughton Hall in Debden. Since then it has grown into a thriving Society and is one of the few in the UK to hold weekly meetings.
The best way to see the night sky is from a dark site. Theydon Bois has been our venue for meeting and observing for many years. It retains its village charm but importantly, it is a reasonably dark sky.