The Shropshire Astronomical Society (SAS) is a county-wide group for anyone interested in astronomy, star-gazing or space exploration. It meets for monthly observing sessions at Rodington Village Hall and Ford Heath Caravan Park. If the sky is cloudy, there will be a local speaker, with wide-ranging topics such as astrophotography, binocular observing, space probes, asteroid collisions and CCD imaging. This year's programme is now underway and details are available elsewhere on this site.
The Society also promotes an annual Showcase lecture in the Autumn by a distinguished speaker. This is in conjunction with Meole Brace School Science College Shrewsbury.
The SAS is keen to promote astronomy and raise public awareness of astronomy, but it encourages members to pursue their passion for astronomy in whichever way they most enjoy. Consequently, the membership encompasses interests ranging from people observing deep sky objects using CCDs, right through to those content to read "Astronomy Now" and watch "The Sky at Night".
Comet PanSTARRS - Imaged by David Woodward
If you are interested in astronomy, then you will find a warm welcome in the SAS. It's always nice to meet other people who appreciate the quiet beauty of a dark and clear sky.
Membership currently costs just £18 per year - less than the price of a Mars Bar a week. Family membership (£25), student and OAP rates are also offered (£12). Details and an application form are on the Membership page.
Saturn - Imaged by Alan Jones
The monthly observing meetings are held at Rodington village hall - between Telford and Shrewsbury - where the sky is reasonably dark and where kitchen, Internet and toilet facilities are available. Meetings are very informal and great fun. Please feel free to drop in, but be sure to check the weather and forecast before setting out.
Comet PanSTARRS and M31 - Imaged by Grant Privett
Three telescopes owned by the society are available for loan to members. These include Newtonians, a refractor, a catadiotropics, a low light camera, and binoculars. See the membership page for details of how to borrow them and scopes for pictures of them.
If you require any information concerning the SAS membership and activities, or are seeking information on astronomical events, please contact Mark Wiggin , on (01952) 405211.