New to Astronomy


We were all once beginners in astronomy, we have all been there, unable to make head or tale of an astronomical map, struggling to find an object in your telescope, unsure what equipment to buy, bewildered by the jargon sound familiar? 

Our Society members love talking about astronomy and love helping beginners get the most from the study of astronomy. We can help accelerate your learning of the subject with practical advice and tips. 

Come along on any Thursday night or pop in and say hi at one of our public events 

Useful Resources 

Dictionary of Astronomy

One of the biggest barriers to any new hobby is understanding all the jargon, and in astronomy there is lots of it. Jargon on this site links to our very own dictionary, written by ourselves, the definitions are short and easy to comprehend, the dictionary itself is a good resource for anyone new to astronomy.

Fact Sheets

22 (and counting) factsheet / leaflets aimed at complete beginners, these documents are provided free of copyright as long as they are not changed in any way. The fact sheets provide the core facts needed for each object.

Free Open University Courses in Astronomy

Here are some Free high quality courses in Astronomy from the Open University Astronomy with an online telescope The Big Bang Comparing Stars Icy Bodies: Europa and elsewhere In the night Sky: Orion An Introduction to Exo Planets The Moon Moons of our Solar System...

Beginners guide to using your telescope

This guide is intended for those using a telescope for the first time, the tips are based on common problems that get encountered by those new to astronomy. We are more than happy to meet you and your telescope and help solve your problems so feel free to contact us....