Blackpool & District Astronomical Society Welcome page Who we are and how to find us Meetings for this year Imminent and planned Starmaps and weather forecasts for Blackpool Members' astrophotography Other interesting sites Contact the Society
Welcome page Who we are and how to find us Meetings for this year Imminent and planned Star maps and other guides Members' astrophotography Other interesting sites Contact the Society

About the Society

Blackpool & District Astronomical Society was formed in October 1986 by a few keen local amateur astronomers from around the Fylde. The society now has around thirty members, with a wide cross section from novices to experienced observers.

Meetings take place on a regular basis on the second Wednesday of every month. Meetings usually include a talk or lecture, by either a guest speaker or one of our own members, and often include a slide show, video or hands-on sessions. Members specialise in areas such as lunar, planetary and deep sky CCD imaging, automation, video astronomy, amateur telescope making and solar observing in both white light and Hydrogen-alpha.

We offer advice including what type of equipment to buy and how to use it. We encourage beginners and new members to learn from our more experienced members

Meetings are friendly and quite informal and all are welcome to attend.

Please note that persons under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian at all times when attending meetings and other BADAS events.

When we meet
Meetings begin at 8:00pm on the second Wedneday of each month. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Where we meet
Blackpool Cricket Club
Stanley Park
Barlow Crescent

This is situated in the grounds of Stanley Park, off Barlow Crescent, outside and just to the right of the main entrance. The meeting room is on the first floor and has seating for about 50 people, refreshments are available from the bar.

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Anyone who is interested in Astronomy is welcome to attend. **Beginners most welcome**.

Annual subscription
£20 for adults and £6 for juniors (up to 16). Payment covers 12 meetings from June to May. Visitors are welcome and the first visit is free.

If you are interested in attending a meeting of the society, would like to join, or if you would just like more information, contact us, or just turn up at 7.30pm on the night.



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Picture - Ray Smith


The elected officers for 2023/24:

Curator of Instruments
Secretary Vice-Chair/
Publicity Officer

Ray Smith

Terry Devon


Pete Franklin

Pete Franklin

Treasurer Webmaster Official Photographer

Simon Gibson


Barrie Cridland

Stephen Cheatley

The Society has a Constitution and Rules document, which can be downloaded here (pdf, 30KB)


2023 Blackpool & District Astronomical Society.