Our public lectures are informative, social evenings with a selection of speakers talking on a diverse range of topics. Free refreshments are provided, and a raffle with a selection of prizes is held at most meetings. Anyone is welcome – beginner or expert – and there is no need to pre-book. A small charge applies to help us cover costs (typically £3 for non-members; £2 for members; U16s free). Doors open at 7.30pm with the talk starting at 8.00pm.

Program of Public Lectures 2017

  • 18th January – Open evening: Telescope Workshop/Bring & Buy sale
  • 15th February – Dr John Coffin – Spectroscopy (For hand out click here)
  • 15th March – John Press – Venus
  • 19th April – Peter Bull – A Window Through the Universe
  • 17th May – Mike Barrett – How to automate your telescope
  • 21st June – Andy Hutcheon – Building an astronomy shed
  • 15th July – Starfest 2017
  • August – Members-only picnic/BBQ
  • 20th September – James Hannan – Moons of the Solar System (+AGM)
  • 18th October – Jerry Workman – Update on Mars
  • 15th November – Ian Lauwerys “How to build your death star”
  • 6th December – Quiz Night

Unless stated otherwise, public meetings are held at:
The Henry Dixon Hall,
Henry Dixon Road,
Rivenhall End,

Note that if you are using an in-car satnav system, this postcode may not take you directly to the hall – please check this Google Maps link if you aren’t sure: 

  1. Hi,
    I went to the H. Dixon hall on Tuesday 9th December as advertised on your website, but it was in total darkness and it was obvious the advertised meeting had been cancelled but not corrected on your website. I understand that all astronomers would like to think there is life elsewhere in the universe and it would be quite amazing to be able to communicate with it but as a starting point you need to be able to communicate with other earthlings. So communicate with me and tell me what happened to the 9th December meeting?

  2. Hi I have just moved into the area,and would like some advice regarding buying an entry level telescope. I am a complete beginner , although over retirement age. Thanks David Barnes

  3. I would always say buy a Dobsonian style telescope as a beginner scope. Any size from 6″ to 10″ depending on your budget and you ability to move it! The 10″ version, although not really heavy, is large and could be difficult to carry any distance.

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