Welcome to Bradford Astronomical Society
We are a friendly group of people who all share a common interest in the
universe and its many wonders. Some are more interested in observing using
either the societies or their own telescopes and equipment, whilst others
are more at home with the study of various aspects of the technical side of
Whatever your interest may be, and no matter whether you are an
expert or a complete beginner you will be made most welcome.
We have a very active observing section of the society, and this is complemented by our regular
meetings with excellent speakers giving talks on a wide variety of subjects,
often with slide shows or video presentations. There really is something
for everyone no matter what your particular interest in astronomy.
Please check out the meetings link for a complete list of this season's speakers
If you would like to come along to an observing session, please give your name to John
Bardsley at the Monday meetings at Eccleshill Library, then he can add you
to the list of people he will contact when an observing session is to take
Next Observing Session:
To be confirmed
On Saturday 25th
January 2014 Bradford Astronomical Society, Leeds Astronomical Society and the RSPB held a joint venture at Surprise View on Otley Chevin.
When we arrived the wind was gusting up to 30 mph with partial cloud. The forecast was for the skies to clear so we were not put off and started to set up the telescopes and binoculars. The RSPB provided us with free tea and coffee which more than compensated for the weather conditions. In the end we had in excess of 130 people attend and given the weather conditions this was deemed to be a huge success.
At about 6:30 pm the sky began to clear and the stars came out thus enabling members of the public to view the night sky. Leeds society’s twenty plus members had brought several different telescopes and binoculars along, whilst a totally impromptu and unexpected arrival of two Keighley Astronomical Society members with a 10 inch Dobsonian telescope threatened to steal the show with their views of Jupiter, the Orion Nebula, Andromeda and many other objects.
The five members of BAS who attended on the evening to help out were able to show the public the night sky as they had never seen it before which was a very rewarding experience!
Both Leeds AS and the RSPB have expressed their gratitude to all involved.
The RSPB saw this event as such a success that they are very keen to hold future joint observing events.