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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 are meeting most Wednesdays at St Michael and All Angels' Church, St Michael's Rd, Benfleet SS7 2UW

Meetings start at 8:00pm.  


If you are unable to make it to our venue, we are also meeting online each Wednesday evening. If you would like to join us, please look at our information on how to do so.

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

We have regular Wednesday 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  or 4th 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 Culley giving one of his excellent  talks


Paul is the club's Meet and Greeter and will welcome you to the club.


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Paul Toomey 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.


If you need help or advice on equipment you already own, bring it along on to one of our meetings on the the 2nd or 4th Wednesday of the month. Just contact us first to let us know you are coming.

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




Jim Vincent

Why not give the Club a try and make new friends and explore the Universe with us!

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