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:

Important Notice: Due to the current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), all meetings have been moved to Zoom until further notice. Please keep checking here for further updates.

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 2019/2020 dates are as follows:

Date Topic
18th September 2019 Astronomy Projects for 2019-20
16th October 2019 Chinese Astronomy — from Guest Stars to Chang'e
20th November 2019 Spectroscopy: The Colour of Light (and Dark)
18th December 2019 Heroic Failures in Astrophotography!
15th January 2020 The Voyager Legacy
19th February 2020 The Large-Scale Structure of the Universe
18th March 2020 Charles Messier — & His Marathon
15th April 2020 Houston, We Have a Problem...
20th May 2020 Light Pollution — The Light Not So Fantastic
27th June 2020 Society Summer Outing

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.