Welcome to Breckland Astro!

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

8 December 2023: The Kepler Space Telescope and The Discovery of Exoplanets Dr Thomas North (Sir Isaac Newton 6th Form)


November is time for our annual quiz night where we have a bit of fun and raise a bit of money. We usually get some challenging and interesting questions so be prepared.

Hold Press: We have The Skywatcher 130 Telescope to win as a Raffle Prize!

£2.50 per person. Teams of up to 4 adults + any u18s. Can be arranged on the night.

Bring food and drink. Prizes for 1st 2nd and booby.

Please contact chairman@brecklandastro.org.uk or treasurer@brecklandastro.org.uk or breckland_astro_newsletter@gmail.com for any queries about meetings, giving a reasonable time to reply.

Usual Times: arrive at 19:15 for a 19:30 start. Society admin usually lasts 5 min, then it is over to the speaker and followed by questions and coffee. By 9pm most talks should be finished and we open the observatory to attendees if clear.

Hall entry costs are £2.50 hall entry £1 if under 18. Small donations are also welcome, via the website donate button or by contacting the treasurer (above).

Public Observing Nights

We hold free public observing nights on the last Friday of the month. The next one is currently scheduled for Friday 27th October 2023 from 7pm.

We have plenty of space on the patio and field for more telescopes. Please bring any new telescopes if you want advice or to test them.

Star Parties

The spring & autumn star parties at Haw Wood Farm, near Saxmundham have now ceased, but Star Parties at Kelling Heath occur around new moon weekends near spring and autumn equinoxes remain popular. Please contact one of us for questions – 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
Dedicated to the memory of Tony Fox Carter 1940