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

** New ** Your chance to Suggest a Talk for our future programme

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 25th February 2017 is cancelled due to weather


The next session is planned for Saturday 4th March. Check here for status by 7 pm on Mar 4th.


Star Parties at Dyrham Park (National Trust)

Next Observing Session...

On the first forecast clear night between February 25th and March 1st.  This event is being run by the National Trust.  Contact them on 0117 9371353 for further details and to register your interest.


Monitoring weather forecasts.

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

Next Observing Session...

No scheduled dates.




Miscellaneous Events

Next Event...

Friday 17 February - BAS star party - Cancelled poor weather conditions. expected.


The star party planned for Friday 17 February is cancelled due to the forecast for poor weather conditions. Please note that there will also be no regular BAS meeting on Friday 17th Feb.