Membership is open to everyone with an interest in astronomy. Individual membership is £18; family membership £25; Senior Citizens, young persons and the unwaged £12. A copy of the application form can be downloaded here. (Please note: The membership form has been redesigned for 2016 and the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC permits this form to be completed on screen for saving and later printing or eMailing. (You no longer have to worry about someone else trying to read your writing!)
One of the great advantages of joining our society is that it owns a number of instruments which it loans to the membership. These include a 6" Dobsonian Newtonian reflector. These provide an opportunity for beginners to assess what type of instrument best suits their requirements before spending lots of money. Also, members are always happy to give advice on telescopes to those preparing to buy for the first time. The Society meets once a month at a dark location for observing. ÂÂÂÂÂ Increasingly, the society is organising public 'outreach' events such as the annual MoonWatch and an annual lecture presented by a high profile figure in the astronomical world.
The Society offers a book trolley library service to members attending meetings at Rodington Village Hall. The collection of books, magazines and DVDs began when the publisher Springer-Verlag UK generously gave the Society a number of paperbacks in the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy series. It has now grown to cover all areas of astronomy and space exploration. Rare and out of print books are also available by application to the librarian. For further information see the Committee Contacts tab at the top of this page.
Lecture subjects vary from meeting to meeting, but have covered astrophotography, binocular observing and CCD imaging in the last year or so. Meetings start at 7.15 and always take place on a Friday.
Observing meetings are frequently held at the village hall inÂÂÂÂÂ Rodington - between Telford and Shrewsbury - where the sky is quite dark and kitchen and toilet facilities are available. Observing sessions are also held at Ford Caravan Park just west of Shrewsbury. ÂÂÂÂÂ Meetings start about 8 o'clock and are very informal - please bring a pair of binoculars or a 'scope if you have one. But come anyway even if you do not. Occasionally, members have observing evenings at their own homes.
In addition, there are occasional informal outings to places like Jodrell Bank, Bradford IMAX, Powys Observatory and Liverpool Planetarium. In 2000 a group members travelled to Ireland to see the Armagh Observatory. One special event is the mid-summer barbeque. This is great fun and not to be missed.