Next Monthly Meeting:

LDAS Monthly Meeting – Mega-Constellations and Space Debris – What future for ground based Astronomy?

January 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Prof Don Pollaco Dept of Physics, Univ of Warwick) will give tonight’s talk. Here we look at the prospects for ground based astronomy in the new era of satellite mega constellations. The shear number of satellites and launches is expected to exponentially increase over the next few years.  Not only … Continue reading

Welcome !

ALL physical LDAS events and meetings remain postponed until further notice due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Observatory visits are also discontinued until further notice.

We are, however, continuing with virtual meetings and observing sessions so we can still satisfy your interest in astronomy. See the above poster for our next planned event.

The society is still active in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic and has monthly meetings broadcast using Zoom.. We have also successfully used Zoom to show objects in the sky from a remote observatory in Spain, where we have access to a telescope with a camera attached, and observed the Sun from one of our members observatory which has a solar telescope. So, where there is a will we can use modern technology to continue pursuing our interest in astronomy. We will continue to host these events, so please watch this website and our Facebook page to be aware of them. Note that observing events are weather dependent so there is likely to be just 2-3 days notice of such an event.

Whatever the level of your interest in astronomy, welcome to Letchworth & District Astronomical Society.

LDAS is based in Letchworth, in Hertfordshire. We are a thriving society and have over a hundred members. We have people who are just beginners right through to observers with decades of experience. We have an observatory at Standalone Farm in Letchworth, and quite a few members have their own observatories too. We love to see new people come along, whatever their level of knowledge, and all are made most welcome. We hold regular meetings, star parties and other events for members and the public alike.

We can provide advice on telescopes, eyepieces, cameras or anything else you might need to satisfy your interest, just come along and ask.

We are also more than happy to present talks to clubs, schools and other organisations, and for them to visit our observatory. Talks and visits are free although donations to the society are gratefully accepted.

We invite everyone to join in our events, whenever and wherever they happen! You can attend one monthly meeting and one virtual observing session free of charge to see what you think. If you enjoy them we would encourage you to join the society.

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