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Rodington Village Hall

Post Code:SY4 4QS
Grid Ref:SJ586145
Latitude:52.7333
Longitude:-2.6167



Welcome


The Shropshire Astronomical Society (SAS) is a county-wide group for anyone interested in astronomy, star-gazing or space exploration.  It meets regularly throughout the year at Rodington Village Hall for observing sessions, and periodically at various venues for lectures by guest speakers. Subjects vary from meeting to meeting, but astrophotography, binocular observing, space probes, asteroid collisions and CCD imaging have been covered in the recent times.


The SAS is keen to promote astronomy and raise public awareness of astronomy, as it encourages members to pursue their passion for astronomy in whichever way they most enjoy. Consequently, the membership encompasses interests ranging from people observing using CCDs, too those content to read astronomy magazines and periodicals and watch appropriate television programmes.


The objects of the Society are to:


  • Stimulate a general awareness of, and inspire an interest in the science of Astronomy.
  • Further the knowledge and skills of Society members and instruct individuals/groups interested in Astronomy.
  • Conduct and share observations with society members and co-ordinating bodies.
  • To represent and encourage the interest of amateur Astronomical activities in Shropshire.




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The Shropshire Astronomical Society is keen to promote astronomy and raise public awareness of all things astronomy.  It encourages members to pursue their passion for astronomy in whichever way they most enjoy.  Consequently the membership encompasses interests ranging from people observing using CCDs, to those content to read ‘Astronomy Now’ and watch ‘The Sky at Night.’


The monthly observing meetings are held at Rodington village hall – between Telford and Shrewsbury where the sky is reasonably dark and kitchen 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 forecast before setting out.  For even darker skies observing also take place at Ford Heath Caravan Park – just south of Shrewsbury, less facilities but the opportunity for greater views.


In addition to observing sessions and lectures, the society produces a regular newsletter ‘Hermes’ free for all its members and encourages the membership to contribute articles for publication


There is always a demand from various local groups ranging from the Brownies and Scouts through to the Round Table, Age Concern and U3A, for us to share our enthusiasm and expertise.  As a result the committee are always looking for contributions, and would encourage society members to become involved in this rewarding aspect of the societies work.



Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug)

The evenings might be light and warm and observing sessions suspended but there is still much to occupy the keen astronomer.  Various solar observing sessions are available and of course there is the summer social to become involved with and enjoy!


Autumn (Sep, Oct, Nov)

As the dark nights begin to lengthen there is a lot to enjoy. Observing sessions at Rodington and Ford Heath Caravan Park resume as well as the opportunity to become involved with the three day public event at Attingham Park.  Not forgetting to grab hold of a ticket for the annual showcase lecture held at Meole Brace Science College to engage with a professional astronomer.


Membership


  • Affiliated £25 (Afforded to groups such as schools, scouts/guides)
  • Family £25 (2 adults/2 children)
  • Standard £18 (Adult waged)
  • Concession £12 (Full-time education / Unwaged / Senior citizen)

Go to our Membership Application page


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