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1969-2019 - 50th Anniversary Year

About Us

Originally formed in 1969 as the Rayleigh Astronomical Society, the Castle Point Astronomy Club is a small and friendly group of people meeting near Rayleigh in Essex with a common interest in astronomy and the sky at night.

We meet at:

  St Michael and All Angels´ Church
  St Michael´s Road
  Daws Heath
  Hadleigh
  Benfleet
  ESSEX

  SS7 2UW

Our meetings are a varied programme of activities that include something for everybody.

We have regular meetings aimed specifically at beginners. Learn what exciting objects are up there and how best to see them.

We also have talks given by members and outside speakers on various topics within the subject, both theoretical and practical.

 

We hold regular observing nights where members get a chance to observe the night sky (weather permitting!) and the ´old hands´ can show the newcomers round the skies. (These Observing Nights are usually on the 2nd Wednesday of each month)

We also make regular trips out to our dark sky sites at wallasea island nature reserve and the Dengie to escape light pollution.

We would always suggest to anyone potentially interested to come along to the Club for a few weeks to decide if it is for them, and sample our varied meetings without pressure to join. There is no need to make an appointment, just check our Programme to make sure we are meeting and if we are, just turn up.

Club Chairman Mike Cully giving one of his excellent  talks

Dave is the clubs meet and greeter and will welcome you to the club and introduce you to our members.

 

Usually we will ask for a small donation of £2 for visitors, or £3 if a guest speaker is giving a presentation. These meetings are indicated by the **symbol in the Programme. 

Click Here for full details of Membership Fees.

 

 

Dave Stratton Meet and Greet

The club can offer lots of help and advice in setting up and using all types of astronomical equipment, from telescopes to CCD cameras and software, maybe you are thinking about buying your first telescope and are looking for advice, Jim and Ron will be happy to help point you in the right direction.

We also have a selection of telescopes available to loan  to club members.

Ron

Jim Vincent

Our venue at St Michael and All Angels´ Church has good wheel chair access and has disabled parking  spaces, Family's welcome.

So why not give the Club a try, make new friends and explore the Universe with us!

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