Welcome to our new look website!
Launched at the beginning of October 2013, the new site features new sections for Society Activities, Members’ Telescope Hire, an Image Gallery of members’ images and a much improved Programme of Events. To the right of each page you will also see an automatically updating section showing the next five society events in our calendar, a basic search box to search the whole site.
We will be reviewing and improving the site content over the coming months as well as adding new features as well. We would very much welcome any and all feedback on the new site and any suggestions for improvements or new features you would like to see – you can use the form in the new Contact Us page, contact a Committee Member directly (contact details on the Committee page) or feel free to chat to any one of us at one of our Monthly Meetings.
Whatever the level of your interest in astronomy, welcome to Letchworth & District Astronomical Society.
LDAS is based in Letchworth, at the north end of Hertfordshire. Although we have over 120 members, we are a very informal, friendly society and provide a service for the complete beginner as well as those with sophisticated home observatories. We hold regular meetings, star parties and other events for members and the public alike. 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 find out more about the society on our About Us page.
We hold meetings with guest speakers on the last Wednesday of each month, except in December, when we hold our AGM and Quiz around the middle of the month. We also run a series of talks, given by members, on subjects at a level suitable as an introduction to astronomy eg The Life of a Star, Relativity. In 2014 our theme will be ‘Key Moments in Astronomy’ and will include talks on ‘The Big Bang’ and ‘The Extreme Universe’. Details, once finalised, will appear in the Programme page. We meet at the Free Church Hall near the centre of Letchworth. You can find information about our meetings on our Meetings page, and a full listing of our events for the year on our Programme page.
For further news about our events, and to book places, please write to: events-at-ldas.org.uk. [Replace "-at-" with "@" - This formatting is to help prevent "spam' messages.]
We have an observatory to the north of Letchworth at the Standalone Farm Centre in Wilbury Road (SG6 4JN) where we hold observing sessions and other events. You can see the location in Google Maps, and you can find out more on our observatory page. The observatory was upgraded in 2010 with a 14-inch Meade LX200 computerised telescope. You can download a landscape file that shows the surroundings for the LDAS observatory that can be used as the background landscape for the the (free) planetarium program Stellarium.