Welcome to Breckland Skies!

Breckland Astronomical Society is based in the dark skies of Great Ellingham in Norfolk, and has its own observatory housing a 20″ reflecting telescope. You’ll find more about the society, past and present, in these pages, so feel free to look around!

Next Meeting

***Virtual Talk on ZOOM***

14 August 2020: The Green Flash Mike Frost (BAA Historical Section Director)

Mars is the obvious target for space exploration beyond the Moon.  The history of Mars exploration has been chequered.  Professor Southwood has worked at different times with the Russian, American and European programmes in Mars exploration.  He describes it as a mixture of delirium, delight and disasters.  He will share some memories and also look at what we now know about Mars and what space agencies can now do and are planning to do to explore our near neighbour in the Cosmos.

Please contact chairman@brecklandastro.org.uk or treasurer@brecklandastro.org.uk or breckland_astro_newsletter@gmail.com for the meeting log in details, giving a reasonable time to reply.

Zoom (use 5.0 or onwards) is available as a free app, or we can send a web-link to click on to join. Zoom is interactive, so your cameras are optional, your mic will start muted, and you can type live comments so please leave your mic off during the lecture.

You join a virtual waiting room and the host will approve you. We may start a little later in case of any delays at this stage. We want some good questions and discussion at the end as usual. End 9:15.

Small donations are welcome to cover our costs, via the website donate button or by contacting the treasurer (above).


The usual AGM in May will be deferred to a future meeting at the hall, when we can get together. Members will get at least a month’s notice and relevant documents sent by email.

For further details please see the Meetings page

Public Observing Nights

We hold free public observing nights on the last Friday of the month. The next one is currently scheduled for 27th Mar 2020 at 6.30pm.

***Cancelled until further notice***

***we have put measures in place to make the observatory accessible for limited numbers of members of the society, we hope to invite public groups when deemed safe to do so by the committee***

Star Parties

We hold spring and autumn star parties at Haw Wood Farm, near Saxmundham. You can find more details on the Star Parties page, or you can contact one us – see Contacts page.

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Registered Charity No. 1044478
Affiliated to the British Astronomical Association and the Federation of Astronomical Societies
Dedicated to the memory of Spencer Allen, FRAS, 1924-2010