Get involved with your local astro society

8 February 2012 by Fraser Clarke

Interested in getting more involved and finding out a bit more about astronomy? Why not investigate your local astronomy society? Here's a list of the ones you can find around Oxford.

Abingdon Astronomical Society did a FANTASTIC job at Stargazing Oxford last month. If you came to Stargazing and looked through a telescope, it was probably one of theirs! If you're in Abingdon or surrounds, why not check out their monthly meetings?

Chipping Norton has a great society with regular meetings and observing sessions -- the picture above shows one of their star parties in January 2012 (courtesy of Mel Gigg). One of their members won the astrophotography competition at Stargazing Oxford -- and there was a lot of competition!

While technically not in Oxfordshire, Aylesbury Astronomical Society is not far east of us. They have a very interesting-looking observatory site just over the border...

Newbury Astronomical Society is about 30 miles south of Oxford. They hold monthly meetings and are, from personal experience as a previous speaker, very friendly indeed.

Last, but my no means least, in our list of local astronomy societies are Swindon Stargazers. They're a pretty new group, but already have a full programme of monthly meetings.

If you live further afield, you might find the Federation of Astronomical Societies website useful; they have a searchable map of societies across the country.

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