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 back in Scout Hall.
We encourage wearing of masks, warm clothing and bringing your own refreshments.

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21/10/2021  Steve Ringwood
The Worst Telescope Build in History

28/10/2021  Garry Coverdale
An Introduction to Stellar Structure with Help from Hubble

04/11/2021  LAS Members
Firework Night with nibbles, followed by social at the Cricket Club

11/11/2021* Colin Stuart
Time in Einstein's Universe

18/11/2021  LAS Members
Club night miscellany: Skycamp recap, projects, images, anecdotes and more. Full moon observing if clear

25/11/2021  Jonathan Daniels, Malcolm Zack
Winter Skies - A view of what can be seen in the night sky with binoculars and telescopes

02/12/2021  LAS Members
Public Observing if clear, alternate programme if cloudy

09/12/2021  Ken Harrison (quizmaster)
The 2021 Christmas Quiz (& eats)

16/12/2021  LAS Members
First Quarter Moon: public observing + Social at Cricket Club

23/12/2021  No meeting
Merry Christmas

30/12/2021  No meeting
Happy New Year

06/01/2022  TBC
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13/01/2022  LAS Members
Public Observing if clear, alternate programme if cloudy

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.

Also see us on facebook

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.