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Monday, 10 August 2020

 Quick one for you all.

We are running an introduction to astronomy day on Saturday 14th November to tie in with international astronomy week.

The day will help you understand many astronomical terms, how objects move around the sky, how to observe, explain different types of telescope and how to take simple photos of the nigh sky.

Please email us for more details.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Last Chance...

Hi All,

Last chance to book for Saturday's introduction to astronomy day. Let us know by Tuesday evening by commenting on this post and we will book you in.

Saturday, 15 February 2020


Hi All,

Couple of quick updates for you.

1) Don't forget to book your place at the introduction to astronomy day on 7th March. Comment on this  post for further details and booking form.

2) The next observing evening at the Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is on Saturdy 22nd February. Book via their site (use the link on the post below).

3) I've changed the date of the April meeting after being reminded that the original date was Easter Saturday and it's possible that people will be out and about visiting. The new date is Saturday 18th April, original times and topics.

Friday, 20 December 2019

Public Observing At Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

We now have 3 dates where you can come along and observe the night sky. We have partnered with Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome to host 3 observing evenings.

Follow the link above for further details and to book your place.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Public Observing Nights

Right oh all. At our last monthly meeting I mentioned that we might have a secure dark sky site to arrange public observing. Today I met with the CEO (how posh is that!) of the site and discussed the possible arrangements.
So I'm after volunteers to help with observing nights. There will be 3 events (thus far as a trial), one each in January, February and March next year. The site (which I'll share when all is confirmed as it can't go ahead without your help!) is about a 20 minute drive from Burnham. We will need people to control club scopes and possibly bring their own and to act as sky guides to visitors. The site has facilities (volunteers will have free teas and soup etc on the night). It is envisaged that public will arrive from 6:30, observing then from 7-8:30. No dates yet but they will be non club Saturday nights.

I'm quite keen for the club to support this as the site will do all the arranging, we just have to turn up with our equipment. We will beable to promote astronomy to the wider world and may lead to further astronomical oportunities. If nothing else it will be a good excuse to get out and observe for us all.
Please let us know if you can help, the more the merrier

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Quay Day 2019

Monday 26th August was the annual Quay day in the east Essex town of Burnham on Crouch, an event that supports the week long yachting regatta that the town hosts. This year the East Essex Astronomy Club had a stand allowing the public to safely view the sun. 7 club members volunteered to help people view the sun through various telescopes. Available for use were 2 Coranado PSTs (both mounted on star adventurers), an 80mm refractor with Herschel wedge and an 8” Celestron Evolution with a Celestron solar filter.
The day was perfect for solar gazing without a cloud in the sky the temperature topped 30°C. Although the sun is (very) quite at the moment the public were able to view the sun to see limb darkening through all scopes and granulation through the club’s PST. The club was able to purchase the PST with help from the East of England Coop green token community charity scheme. Throughout the day around 150 visitors were able to view the sun for the first time through a telescope. The evolution was also trained on a waning moon visible in the daytime, with low contrast however, where Mare Crisium was just visible on the eastern limb.
Many thanks to the volunteers who made the day a success, perhaps we should have a go next year!

Monday, 29 July 2019

2020 Event Dates

Head over to the Event Dates page to view the schedule for 2020 (the rest of 2019 is still visible below).

We have a range of old and new speakers for 2020 and will again be running our Introduction To Astronomy day.

We will also be running for the first time an astrophotography workshop on Saturday 3rd October. This will be aimed at beginner and intermediate level imagers who want to know where to begin and how to improve shooting the stars and planets.

If you would like to attend either the introduction day or astrophotography workshop please email the club at for more information and booking forms.