Orpington Astronomical Society


The Society holds meetings every month to learn about developments in astronomy and equipment. The highlight of the meeting is a talk by an invited speaker or member of the Society followed by discussion.

Members Evening TalkMeetings usually start at around 7:45 pm, with introductions and notices. They usually include an Observer’s Report – a brief overview of astronomical events for the upcoming month and a display of members’ astrophotography. There is a break for tea and coffee where you can meet members and share your interests and queries with them.

Meetings are held at St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall on Greencourt Road in Petts Wood. Parking is available in Greencourt Road and other nearby streets.

People interested in joining the society are welcome to attend a couple of meetings as guests.

Some of our meetings are given by well known astronomical personalities, and others are home grown and ideally suited for absolute beginners.

The reports of past meetings give a few examples. Throughout the year we make sure topics, both new and old, are covered and give particular attention to local newsworthy items.

There’s plenty of advice especially if you’re buying that all important first telescope!

To see a list of future meetings, click here.

Next Meeting — Wed 24th Jul, 2024

At the July meeting, Philippa Mason will give a talk titled “Understanding why Earth’s closest neighbour, Venus, is so different”.

The Meeting will start at 7.45pm. The hall doors are open from 7:00pm and members are welcome to attend from this time to assist, set up the hall and socialise.



If you would like a specific subject to be covered at one of our monthly meetings why not send us an email. We do our best to get interesting and up-to-date talks organised, but sometimes our newer or younger members would like to know something about the sky that we have not yet covered. Perhaps teachers may like a senior member of our society to give a talk about astronomy to their school, we would be most pleased, just send us a message.