Want to become an NEAS Member?

The Society currently comprises around 100 members, some more active than others, covering a wide range of interests, knowledge, skills and abilities. Our aim is to be a social and friendly group, catering for anybody with an interest in astronomy – so don’t be scared off if you consider yourself a beginner: everyone is at some point!

If you’ve never been to one of our meetings, we suggest you come along before joining: you can get to meet everyone first, find out what we’re about, and then you will be in a better position to make a decision on becoming a member. We welcome anyone to our public lectures or public stargazing sessions.

Our annual subscription fees are £25 per person, £35 per couple/family, £10 for under 16s or full time students.

Membership entitles you to:

  • access to and full use of our observatory dark site and telescopes
  • our monthly Pulsar e-magazine
  • reduced door charge for public meetings
  • observing sessions and workshops
  • members-only events, meetings, activities and curry nights
  • affiliate membership of the Society for the History of Astronomy

The £10 Junior Membership for under 16s also entitles the Junior member to free entry to all public meetings (although you must be accompanied by an adult).

If you do wish to join, you can download a membership application form here.

If you’d like further information, please do get in touch.

The NEAS Committee

The Society’s committee are those members who have volunteered to organise the activities of the Society and generally make it function as the organisation it is today. Although we take on formal titles out of tradition, it’s a fairly informal committee. If you’re at one of our events and want to know more about the Society, please come and speak to one of us.

The committee members for 2016–17 are:





All Society members should read and recognise the NEAS Child & Vulnerable Adult policy, which is available in pdf format: Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection Guidelines.

  1. Hi,

    Been to the Starfest event previously when it was held in Braintree. I understand the venue has now moved to Colchester.

    I live in S Essex near Rayleigh and this week will be taking delivery of a rather special scope (to me anyway), a Lunt LS152T solar scope. This represents an upgrade from my previous LS60.

    Wondered whether there would be any interest in me attending the 2014 Starfest event with the scope and providing public viewing weather permitting of course!


  2. Hi

    We bought (second-hand) a telescope a week ago which is a Newtonian reflective F=900 mm D=114 mm.
    Last Saturday (8th March) we went to Great Notley where you have your monthly gathering.
    We managed to set up our scope but could not achieve fixing it to see our Moon. Fortunately, one of your members, Mark ,was very kind to help us, in fact he came a few times more to help us change our scope in order to see Jupiter & some of its Moons.
    We were very grateful for his kindness & would like to appreciate again his readiness to help.

    Many thanks
    Cynthia & Imi

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  4. Thanks for a very informative and interesting workshop yesterday evening. Especially the presentation by Nik Szymanek.

    Membership application on the way.

  5. I would like to ask the society to come and show a display about astronomy in George Yard Braintree this year – to celebrate the launch of the Hubble telescope for example? A good date would be 29th or 30th May. I would really appreciate someone giving me a call on 01376 550373 to discuss this.
    There is also an opportunity to offer an activity during the ART-icipate Summer School to be held at the College at Braintree between July 11-18th.
    Brenda Baker
    George Yard Shopping Centre

  6. Hi Brenda.
    The 30th May we are at Abberton reservoirs wildlife fair all day and as we all have day jobs doing something during the week would be difficult. I will certainly have words with others and see if we can help out with the summer school.

  7. Hello I have recently purchased a skywatcher 200p ,it’s great but have a issue with the collimation is it possible to speak to someone about this ,i live near Hadleigh

    Yours sincerely john

  8. Hi John, The best thing would be to come along to one of our public stargazing sessions. You could potentially bring the scope along, or just have a chat to our members who can probably help you out. Our next is on 3rd Oct at Great Notley.

  9. Hi
    What nights does group membership regularly meet on?

  10. Our private observatory is regularly used on a Thursday night and has become more of a social evening for anyone to attend. If it’s clear then scopes will be used.
    More serious observing is done mostly on Friday and Saturday nights when it’s clear as no one has ‘school’ in the morning!

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