The Society hold lecture evenings in the Junior Hall of the Royal Russell School, Coombe Lane, Croydon, Surrey CR9 5BX every second Friday during term, and there are more details are on our Meetings page. Meetings start at 7:45 pm and end by 10 pm. We normally start with an introductory talk and society news followed by a short refreshment break. The main lecture/talk occurrs next and the meeting is completed by the raffle draw and closing remarks.
A map is available showing the location. Cars should be left in the car park on the left as you enter the school. Visitors are requested to sign the attendance register (safety reasons) just inside the meeting room.
On Fridays where there is no lecture we hold meetings and carry out practical observing using the Society’s 14-inch and smaller telescopes located at our observatory at Kenley. It is advisable to wear warm clothing as the observatory is not heated. Members and visitors are required to record their visit-times in the attendance register (safety reasons) just inside the clubhouse at Kenley when they arrive and leave.
We currently have a membership of about 100 and generally get 25 to 45 people at each lecture.
The Croydon Astronomical Society is a registered charity whose objectives are to help and educate members and the public to acquire a knowledge of astronomy and related subjects. The society does not charge a mandatory subscription but instead rely on the generosity of our members and visitors in donating what they can afford as well as buying tickets for our raffle, which is a feature of the lecture evenings. Donations are used to finance the activities of the society.
The Society is governed by its Constitution - a copy can be found here in PDF format. (Please note that this is a word processed version of the original typewritten copy. In the event of any differences the original typewritten copy takes precedence). The constitution lays down the ground rules for the society and a copy has been lodged with the Charity Commission as we are a registered charity.
We have a reference library at our observatory at Kenley which contain books that are useful during observing.
History of The Croydon Astronomical Society
The Society was founded as the Croydon Group of the Junior Astronomical Society on 5th May 1956. More details of our history can be found on our History page.
Night Sky Laser pointer Policy
Use of a sky laser pointer can greatly enhance the enjoyment and learning of the night sky for visitors and fellow members to the observatory, such as in pointing out astronomical objects as well as constellations in the night sky. As there is potential danger the following NightSkyLaserpointerPolicy document applies - a section on Health & Safety and a section on operational use.