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 from

Our 2017/2018 dates are as follows:

Date Topic
20th September 2017 Moon shadow – reports from the 2017 eclipse
18th October 2017 Berkshire astronomers – local astronomers of note
15th November 2017 Low cost telescopes – how good or bad are they?
20th December 2017 UFOs – is the truth more interesting than the fiction?
17th January 2018 Cassini’s last bow – the legacy of the Cassini mission
21st Feburary 2018 Death from the Skies – is the Universe trying to kill us?
21st March 2018 The Milky Way – what we don’t know about our home Galaxy
18th April 2018 Fly me to the Moon – 50th anniversary of the Moon landings
16th May 2018 Under Southern Skies – jewels of the night sky down under

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 visit our website on: 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 (if you're using Outlook 2003, you may have better luck with this version).