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Grand Opening of the Binocular Star Chair

On Friday 12th January 2024, the Bristol Astronomical Society hosted the official opening of the “StarChair” and “StarShed”. The powerful wide field 6” binoculars and StarChair setup were donated by former Chairman Andy Stephens. Andy travelled down from Cheltenham to do the honours of officially declaring the new observing platform. The whole system; the shed, base, StarChair […]

Maurice Brain (Vice-President and long standing member) has sadly passed away

It is with great sadness that I inform the society of the passing of Maurice Brain. Maurice passed away on 18th August after a short illness, at the age of 94. Maurice was a member of the society in the early days of its formation. He and his friends soon joined the committee and helped […]

Prof. Mark Birkinshaw (Vice-President) has sadly passed away

The society is very sad to announce the news that Professor Mark Birkinshaw has passed away, after a short illness. Mark was a member and Vice-President of the society for many years. He was also a regular on our programme of talks, presenting every year. His talks were always engaging, interesting and often on the […]

Stargazing – November 2022

We are pleased to confirm public Stargazing nights for November have been scheduled for Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th, Saturday 19th, Monday 21st, Thursday 24th and Monday 28th as weather permits. Tickets can be obtained from Eventbrite on the day of the event.  Please visit our Observing page for full details.  We will be delighted to see […]

Partial Solar Eclipse

Images of the Partial Solar Eclipse taken at our Cyril Swindin Observatory and other locations in the West country can be found here:  Stunning photos from South West show partial eclipse | ITV News West Country web site!  We must thank ITV researchers and their cameraman who visited the observatory during the eclipse and mentioning us in […]

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