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If your thinking about getting involved in Astronomy then apart from a trip to Tring Astronomy Centre for a coffee and a Hobnob! there is often no better start than visiting your local Astronomy Society.  Most societies welcome beginners with open arms and have members that are only too happy to share their experiences and knowledge. An internet picture rarely gives you a realisitic impression of scale, so seeing a telescope in the flesh first is very important.  A good Astronomical Society will have observation evenings where you will be able to see a variety of equipment in operation, and at the same time be able to quiz the owners on real world use.  Finding the right equipment is only half the story though as there is a lifetimes worth of things to see with it!  Here the support, encouragement and inspiration of a good society is worth its weight in gold. Whilst joining an Astronomical Society may not be for everyone, we would at least suggest an initial recce of your local groups to see what support is available either in the short or long term.

To help you find a local society we are building a list of astronomy groups on this page starting with the ones most local to us;

Wycombe Astro Society
Wycombe Astro Society Meets twice a month at Woodrow House Near Amersham in Bucks.  They have their own observatory on site and welcome newcomers of all experience levels.

For Next WAS Meeting and further details visit wycombeastro.org 




 
Aylesbury Astronomy Society
Aylesbury Astronomical Society  meets on the first Monday of each month (except bank holidays) Their meeting place is the 9th Aylesbury Scout Hall on Oakfield Road Aylesbury. Visit their website for more details http://www.aylesbury-astronomy.org.uk



In addition to our local societies there are a number of others up and down the country some of which we have listed below.  If you belong to a society that is not listed and you would like to be included please do not hesitate to contact us.
Bristol
Bedfordshire
Berkshire
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire
Cheshire
Cornwall
County Durham
Cumbria
Derbyshire
Devon
Dorset
East Yorkshire
East Sussex
Essex
Gloucestershire
Greater Manchester
Hampshire
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire
Kent
Lancashire
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
London
Merseyside
Norfolk
North Yorkshire
Northamptonshire
Northumberland
Nottinghamshire
Oxfordshire
Shropshire
Somerset
South Yorkshire
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Tyne & Wear
Warwickshire
West Midlands
West Sussex
West Yorkshire
Wiltshire
Worcestershire
Isle of Wight
Isle of Man

Wales

Clwyd
Gwent
Gwynedd
Mid Glamorgan
Powys
South Glamorgan
West Glamorgan

Scotland

Aberdeenshire
Argyll & Bute
Ayrshire
Caithness
Dumfries & Galloway
Dunbartonshire
Fife
Inveraray
Lanarkshire
Lothian
Shetland Islands
South Lanarkshire
Stirling & Falkirk
Strathclyde

Northern Ireland


Channel Islands

Jersey