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!

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Infrared Galaxies, Dr Matt Bothwell, University of Cambridge – Friday 12 April


Matt is Outreach Coordinator at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.

Please contact chairman@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), or the observatory donations box.

Public Observing Nights

We hold free public observing nights on the last Friday of the month. The next one is currently scheduled for Friday 26th April 2024 from 9:00pm (it isn’t dark until then). This is the last one until August due to the summer light nights.

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.

Regional Star Parties

Local spring & autumn star parties occur at Haw Wood Farm, near Saxmundham are run now directly by Haw Wood Farm (hawwoodfarm.co.uk) and the long standing Star Party at Kelling Heath occurs around new moon weekends near spring and autumn equinoxes – these remain very popular. Please contact one of us for questions – see Contacts page.

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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