The Bristol Astronomical Society

BAS members using some of the society's telescopes

Members of the society using two of the society's telescopes at the observatory.

Public observing session with the BAS

Public solar observing session in Castle Park in Central Bristol.

The Bristol Astronomical Society (BAS) is run by amateur astronomers as a non-profitmaking charity. We are dedicated to exploring and explaining the splendours of the night sky and all aspects of astronomy for both our members and the public through regular outreach. With over 120 members we are one of the most active Societies in the UK.

We organise weekly talks and meetings throughout most of the year (see the programme page) given by a mixture of professional and amateur astronomers and local members.

Members can use our own observatory comprising a 12½" Newtonian reflector and an 18" Newtonian reflector which we open to the public on Saturday evenings (weather permitting). We also organise public viewing events on special occasions (comet watching, solar and lunar eclipses etc). We also provide loan telescopes to members and have a well stocked Library of books.

We are active supporters of the UK's National Astronomy Week, and are regular participants the Bristol Festival of Nature held each June. The Society runs solar observing events at Bristol Zoo Gardens and at the National Trust's Tyntesfield Estate where we also run Star Parties during the winter months.

The Society is financed entirely from members' subscriptions, with the occasional fund raising activity to boost funds for the purchase of books and equipment for use by members.

If you wish to join the BAS, or would like to make a donation to the Society please go to our membership page.

We welcome visitors to our meetings, especially astronomers from other Societies/Clubs and have had the occasional foreign astronomer visit us, from places such as Australia, South Africa and the USA. Local visitors are encouraged to join the Society after they have visited us a couple of times.

The society meets at Bristol Photographic Society, Station Road, Montpelier, Bristol.