Breckland Astronomical Society is based in the dark skies of Great Ellingham in Norfolk, a Dark Sky Discovery Site with its 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

The Structure of the Universe – Calvin Preston, University of Cambridge, Friday 9th August

Calvin is doing a PhD in the group with Professor Alex Amon, about the Structure of the Universe on a large scale. He is an enthusiastic public presenter.

Please get in touch with 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 7:15 pm for a 7:30 pm start. Society admin usually lasts 5 min, and then it is over to the speaker followed by questions and coffee. By 9 pm most talks should be finished and we open the observatory to attendees if clear.

Hall entry costs are £3.00 (or £1 if under 18). 

Public Observing Night


We are hosting a Social Barbeque a night before the peak of the Perseids Meteor Shower, Sunday 11th August 2024 from 5 pm at the observatory on the new patio area, until late!

We hold free public observing nights on the last Friday of the month when it is dark enough. Bucking this rule, the next one is scheduled for Friday 23rd August 2024 from 8:30 pm.

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.

We are planning a bring your telescope workshop evening, for one of these sessions. Watch this space.


Never miss what we are planning, see our Calendar.


See the Extra Terrestrial.

Local Weather Forecast

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