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Meetings and Events

The SPA holds regular Saturday meetings every three months in London.

Our observing sections

Whatever your interests, we’ve a section to suit you. Get expert advice and send in your own observations.

Weekend course

Our weekend courses

Messier’s Heritage – Observing his deep-sky objects 22–24 November 2019. Click for details

The night sky in September 2019

Here is a map of the sky as it will appear from the latitude of London (51° 50′) in mid September, 2019, at 22h UT (GMT).

How to get started in stargazing

Learning the sky might seem tricky at first. There are so many stars, and unlike visiting a new town or city, the stars keep on moving around!

Choosing a telescope

If you’re interested in astronomy, it stands to reason that you need a telescope, and the bigger the better.