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Guildford Astronomical Society

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Guildford Astronomical Society

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If you've ever gazed in wonder at the night sky, pondered your place in the grand scheme of things or have an interest in Astronomy already and want to meet like-minded people then please come along to one of our meetings or public observing evenings.

The Society logo. A heraldic shield bearing two antique brass telescopes, on the
    left, a refractor on a pillar and claw mount. On the right a refractor on an equatorial
    mount. In the middle is a shield in four quadrants. The upper left and right have the
    letters G and A; with the lower left filled with the letter S. The lower right features
    a stylised image of a comet with a long tail.

Everyone is welcome - absolute beginners to experienced observers.

Like most local Societies, we exist mainly as a forum for satisfying our own personal interest and enjoyment of the subject we're passionate about: Astronomy.

We spend a lot of time and effort encouraging and promoting a broader knowledge of Astronomy in our community. Since our Society was founded in 1955, we've been at the forefront of popularising Astronomy locally through public events.

Whatever your level of interest is right now, this website will provide you with what you need to know to decide whether you'd like to join us. We'll be happy to see you – just as a visitor or as a potential member.

The members area of the web-site contains a lot of extra information only accessible to paid-up members. If you decide to become a member please send an email to the WebMaster and you'll be sent a User name and Password once we have your subscription.

The Guildford Astronomical Society is a member of both the Federation of Astronomical Societies (FAS) and the Southern Area Group of Astronomical Societies (SAGAS).

GAS Monthly Meetings

Aerial view of the University with labelsWe meet in a great venue in Lecture Theatre L in the Lecture Theatre Block (Level 2) of the University of Surrey, Guildford.

Meetings start at 7.30pm on the first Thursday of each month (no meeting in August) and usually finish around 10pm.

Click here for a map to show you directions to the University Main Car Parks. If you're travelling using a SatNav the postcode is GU2 7XH.

A detailed map (available here) shows the location of the Lecture Theatre Block (pale blue and near the middle of the map), Main Car Parks 1-4 and Bus Stops next to Senate House and North of the Austin Pearce Building. There are also more convenient car park spaces available for disabled drivers at various nearby locations. The University also has a web page here for newcomers to the campus.

A view of the Duke of Kent Building across the lake

For a preview of the lecture room see here

Tea/Coffee (biscuits included) available
in the break for just £1.

However, we respectfully ask that you don't bring any food or drinks into the lecture theatre.

See you there...





Can be as simple as coming along to a meeting and joining!

  1. If you are over 18, you join as a Full Member. The annual subscription is £25
  2. Under 18's are eligible to join as Junior Members. For Junior Members and Students, the annual subscription is £15

The subscription year runs from September. If you join our society part-way through the year, the cost may be reduced.

The membership form can be downloaded here [PDF 97KB].


If you are not sure whether you want to join right away, you can come along to a meeting as a Visitor; we charge just £3 per meeting (to cover costs). On arrival, please introduce yourself to the Secretary. You will be warmly welcomed.

For all membership enquiries, please contact the Membership Secretary,  .


Membership of our Society will allow you to:

  • attend all meetings and the Annual General Meeting
  • vote on any Society decision where eligible to do so
  • purchase and/or receive any Society publication
  • participate in all events organised by the Society
  • use the Society Observatory (subject to successful completion of any training courses that may be required)
  • borrow equipment (such as books or telescopes) that are available for loan
  • attend any meeting of national and regional astronomical societies that the Society is a member of
  • access the members-only section of the web-site
  • join the Alert network for events in the night sky

We have a few expections of all our members:

  • to act in a manner appropriate to your age
  • to have regard for other members whose views you may not agree with
  • to be polite to fellow members and visitors
  • to support the work of the Society
  • to help out at public outreach events
  • to help fellow members