Beginners Meetings

Beginner's meetings are open to all ages and abilities. Come along and hear about what's going on in the sky that month and an astronomy talk in layman's terms. Free refreshments are available during the interval and if the sky is clear we will take telescopes outside for observing.

Meeting Details:

The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from September to May, start at 7.00pm sharp and end at 9pm, and consist of short talks and practical sessions with, if it is clear, sky watching using a variety of different telescopes. We also produce a monthly Beginners’ Magazine which is downloadable here. There is also a secondary beginners website at

Our 2018/2019 dates are as follows:

Date Topic
19th September 2018 The Planet Mars
17th October 2018 James Webb Space Telescope
21st November 2018 10 Easy Eyepieces (and telescopes)
19th December 2018 Science Fiction and Science Fact
16th January 2019 The Speed of Light
20th February 2019 Juno at Jupiter
20th March 2019 The Cosmic Zoo
17th April 2019 Picture This
15th May 2019 Daytime Astronomy
19th June 2019 1969: 50 Years Since Apollo 11 (final meeting of 2018-2019 session)

Beginners meetings are held in St. Mary's Church Hall, Greenham; post code: RG19 8RZ. There is free parking on site. Click here for map. The talks are aimed at beginners of all ages and anyone is welcome to attend, all you need is an interest in astronomy.  Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Please dress warmly for the observing, especially during the winter months!

Full annual membership of £20 (reduced for children under 16 & over 60!) covers entry to both main speaker meetings and beginners’ meetings, but casual visitors are welcome.  To cover our costs there is a visitor fee of £2 per meeting for adults and £1.50 for children - which includes refreshments during the break.

For more information, please browse around the website or email:  You can also contact us by phoning: Steve Harris on 01635 860047, or Nic Fleet on 01672 563859. You can follow us on Twitter – @newburyastro – and we are Newbury Astronomical Society on Facebook – so give us a like!

We also offer an ICS Calendar file of all the meetings (main & beginners) of the session to add to your phone or email client — click here to download.