Our meeting venue

Our meetings are held at the Hurstbourne Tarrant Community Centre.

The centre sits under dark skies (though unfortunately not always cloudless!) in an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Built in 2014/15 the centre has high quality modern facilities and good off-road parking.

Parking at the centre is separated from where we will be observing, an important safety consideration. We have wireless broadband which facilitates remote meeting and enables us to invite a wider range of speakers.  In addition, the venue gives us an excellent base from which to run our outreach activities.

About our meetings

The society meets at 7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month from September through to April at:

Hurstbourne Tarrant Community Centre, Church Street, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Nr. Andover, Hampshire, SP11 0AX. (See the map below) (what3words:

We offer coffee, tea and biscuits (for which we invite a small contribution at your discretion), and a friendly welcome (which is completely free!).  The centre has car parking and toilet facilities (including disabled) and is fully wheelchair accessible.

Children are very welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Non-members and occasional visitors are also very welcome, there is a charge of £4 per visit for non-members, but the first visit is free.

Typically, our meetings have the following format:

  • An introduction from the chairman including a round up of interesting events for the coming month.
  • A talk, usually from an external speaker: we have a varied program to cater for a wide spectrum of interests.
  • A general discussion: we are a friendly and welcoming group keen to share views, tips and experiences. Whatever your interest, be it observing, astrophotography, astrophysics etc etc, there will be members on hand to chat to.
  • And, if the skies are clear, we get outside to observe the heavens – don’t worry if you don’t have a telescope to bring along, many of us don’t, there’s always telescopes to have a look through. But, if you want some pointers to using your telescope, this is a great opportunity to get some “hands on” help.

Next meeting

Dr Or Graur

Thursday 19th September 2024 at 7:30 pm
At the Hurstbourne Tarrant Community Centre

Markarian’s chain of galaxies in Leo by Mike Cranfield

In September we welcome Dr Or Graur back to speak to us about his research on galaxies. More details of his talk will be posted here in due course.

Or Graur is an Associate Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation and a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History. He received his PhD in physics and astronomy from Tel Aviv University and then held postdoctoral positions at Johns Hopkins University, New York University, and the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. 

Meeting schedule

All meetings held at Hustbourne Tarrant Community Centre

21 September 2023The Planet Mercury Chris Hooker
19th October 2023From Smart Phone to Smart DomeGavin James
16th November 2023Supernovae Research Dr Or Graur
21st December 2023Christmas MeetingMember talks
18th January 2024A New Look at an Old MoonBarry FitzGerald
15th February 2024Women in Astronomy - Part 2Mary McIntyre
21st March 2024A Universe of Infinities Colin Stuart
18th April 2024An Update on the James Webb Telescope (AGM afterwards)Sophie Allan
13th June 2024Sunspots and AurorasTerry Tucker & Andy Watson
10th August 2024StarBQDetails TBA
19th September 2024GalaxiesDr Or Graur
25th September 2024Blackett Observatory TripGavin James
17th October 2024Electronically Assisted AstronomyLawrence Saville
21st November 2024Reaching Across the Gulf of Space - William Huggins at 200Hugh Allen
19th December 2024Members' talksVarious
16th January 2025TBAColin Stuart
20th February 2025Vera Rubin ObservatoryDave Shave Wall
20th March 2025Quasars and SpectroscopyJen Gupta
24th April 2025Scientific ImagingGavin James

How to find us