Welcome to The Bristol Astronomical Society (BAS). 

Based in the South West of the UK, BAS is run by amateur astronomers as a non-profit making educational charity. We are dedicated to exploring and explaining the splendours of the night sky and all aspects of astronomy for our members and the public. We are open to all, from the most knowledgeable to those merely curious.

With over 120 members and weekly meetings, we are one of the most active Societies in the UK, supporting a variety of interests ranging from observing, imaging, sketching and (of course) the armchair. We have just started our  2016-2017 programme of talks, with regular and new guest speakers. The Society has its own observatory and supports regular outreach across the city. Importantly, we enjoy the company of others as we share these interests.

On this website you will find more details about our events, where we meet, how you can join and news on what we get up to. Feel free to browse around the site and if anything looks interesting and you'd like to know more, then visit our Contact us page. You can even email us your astronomy questions and we'll do our best to find you an answer. For those who are interested, we also offer free public viewing at our Failand Observatory on Saturday evenings. Come along (follow the information given on the Observing Tabs) and let us show you the night sky from Bristol.

For more information on the society, check out our FAQ page.

To our Members - keep an eye on our News tab and Observing status. Let  us know if you want more links and pages to keep you fully informed on our society activities.

** New ** Our  2016-2017 programme of talks.

Easyfundraising - Remember, if you purchase your online products through our Easyfundraising page, there are now almost 3000 retailers who will contribute a small but significant amount to the Society.

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Saturday PUBLIC VIEWING nights at the Failand observatory

Next Observing Session...

Saturday 22nd Oct


Check this status message at 7pm on the night.


Star Parties at Tyntesfield House (National Trust)

Next Observing Session...

On the first evening predicted to be clear between 22-31 October.

In partnership with National Trust - see here for more details on how to attend. This is a National Trust event supported by The BAS. Usually 8-10 telescopes and lots of objects to see including planets, moons, nebulae, clusters, satellites and galaxies.

> Tyntesfield Star Party booking page.


Monitoring weather forecasts.

Solar Observing for the PUBLIC at Tyntesfield house (National trust)

Next Observing Session...

No scheduled dates but please check here for updates.


Monitoring weather forecasts.


Miscellaneous Events

Next Event...

Telescope Surgery. Friday 25th November. Open to all. Get advice from our enthusiasts and experts on buying, using, and getting the most from your telescope and binoculars. This event is ideal for anyone who wants to know more about getting the best from their telescope. 


Please use the Contact Us page if you would like to bring your own telescope. There will be plenty of telescopes on show and space may be restricted.

Star Party on the Downs. 

BAS will be helping run one of the popular Star Parties on the Downs between 1-3 November. Contact the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Trust for further information and booking.