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The Observatory and Lecture Hall will be open to the public on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March from 7.30 to 9pm. Come along and join us for this annual event

Welcome to Lincoln Astronomical Society.

We were formed in 1959 and the observatory was opened in 1982. LAS are members of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and the Society for Popular Astronomy.

Meetings are held at our observatory and lecture facility at
23 Westcliffe Street Lincoln. Our lecture meetings take place at 7.30pm on the 1st Tuesday of each month, except for January meetings, which are held on the 2nd Tuesday to avoid  being too close to the start of the New Year.

Unfortunately, the 50 steps from the road to the facility make the site inaccessible for wheelchair users and we extend a sincere apology for people who might be affected by this.

Our site Risk Assessment is available and visitors are encouraged to read it. Please click here to view.

The Observatory was built by the members and opened in 1982 by Patrick Moore. It is named after two former Presidents of the society, Walter Pennell and Peter Hammerton and houses a 12" F5 Newtonian Reflector telescope which is equatorially mounted & motorised, to allow for long guided exposures of deep sky objects.

Membership & Visitor Fees:

Membership and Visitor Fees for 2014/15 are as follows:

Individual £25.00 ~ Family £35.00
Concessions (Unemployed, Junior, Full Time Student or Over 65 Years of Age) £15.00 ~ Over 65 Family Membership £25.00
Non member visitors to meetings or observing sessions
£4 each visit ~ Juniors £1.50 ~ Visitor Consession £2.50

Visits to the Observatory

The Society’s observatory is primarily for the use of members of Lincoln Astronomical Society, but also plays an important role in introducing the wonders of the universe to people in the Lincoln area. We are, therefore, keen to encourage visits to the observatory and there are three main opportunities for coming along to see and potentially use the telescope in the observatory.

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Please email the Visits Organiser to see if your preferred date is free, or telephone Graham Winstanley 01522 788591 (office hours) or mobile 07443 492362.

Note: The observatory is open to members seven days a week but members will alter their activities to suit any visitor requirements.

Regular observing sessions take place at the observatory. These are usually on Tuesday evenings from about 7.30pm if the sky is clear and visitors are always welcome.

In addition, Several members own their own telescopes and some are willing to give lectures to other astronomical societies. If you are associated with another astronomical society and would like to book one of our lecturers to give a talk please contact:

The Program Secretary: David Swaby

The Company Secretary: Graham Winstanley
Office 1. Manor Farm, Moor Lane, Aubourn, Lincoln. LN5 9DX
Tel. 01522 788591 ~

We are on Westcliffe Street Lincoln LN1 3TZ.

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History of Lincoln Astronomical Society

History of Lincoln
Astronomical Society.

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Lincoln Astronomical Society Observatory

Building the Observatory

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Lincoln Astronomical Society Lecture Hall

Building the Lecture Hall

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Luna Phases

Phases of the moon animated

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Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse 20-03-2015

Radio Metior Observations

Hykeham Observatory Radio Meteor Observations

Current Solar Activity

Solar X-ray Status

Solar Geomagnetic Field

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Current Solar Image

The Astronomer Magazine

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home page
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lecture syllabus
astronomical software
weather forecast
forum / messageboard
society news
space station viewing times
solar activity
moon phases
history of LAS

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External Links:

Cosmic elk
Federation of astronomical societies
British astronomical association
Society for popular astronomy
The Astronomer
Sky at night magazine
ISS Space Station Viewing Info
Planet Hunters - looking for new planets
Electron-positron lattice - epola
The Garden Observatory
Paul Money - AstroSpace

LAS Key Contacts:
Chairman David Castledine
Deputy Chairman Mervyn Hobden
Company Secretary Graham Winstanley
Programme Secretary David Swaby
Treasurer Phil Norton
Visits Organiser Graham Winstanley
Press Officer Heather Hobden