Run by a committee drawn from the membership, the Orpington Astronomical Society has been an active association in Bromley since 1980. Originally founded in Orpington (hence the name) the Society has grown from a small group of enthusiasts into an established educational charity with close links to national bodies, including the Federation of Astronomical Societies and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
The modest fees for membership reflect the fact that the Society is run by member volunteers.
We offer monthly meetings in Petts Wood, Orpington, where knowledgeable presenters talk about developments in space exploration and astrophysics. We have monthly informal “Observing Evenings” in Otford, Kent to which members bring equipment and are keen to discuss their choice of kit and experiences with it. We also organise events and visits where members can see and experience the developing science, and Deep Sky Camps where darker skies can be experienced.
A newsletter covering events and topical news is published at least quarterly, and the Society runs a Forum where members can discuss developments and seek advice. The Society has a number of items of equipment, which can be loaned to members. We also have an active Outreach programme, where associated members visit schools, clubs and societies to demonstrate and discuss modern astronomy.
To learn more about the history of the Society click here.