Joint BAA/SPA Back to Basics Workshop – York

Saturday 11th Mar 2023

A joint BAA/SPA meeting of talks and practical sessions to help you learn basic techniques and develop your interest to its full potential. Please note this event is now sold out. Click here to book your ticket with Eventbrite.

The ticket price of £8 adult and £6 under 16 includes refreshments but not lunch. A 25% discount is available to BAA, SPA members and members of BAA Affiliated Societies. A discount code can be accessed by BAA members logged into the website by following this link, while the SPA will be informing their members via their newsletter. It will also appear in the BAA Journal advert and monthly newsletter. When you buy your ticket on Eventbrite, click “Enter promo code” and then enter the code. Refunds are only available for tickets cancelled more than 7 days before the event and the Eventbrite fees of 6.5% plus £0.49 are non-refundable.

The programme for the day will be:

10:00 Registration

10:30 Welcome

10:35 What astronomy can I do? – Hazel Collett

10:45 What equipment do I need? – David Arditti

11:45 Lunar Observing – Philip Jennings

12:45 Lunch (not included). There are several places within a few minutes’ walk to get sandwiches etc.

14:00 Planetary Observing – Mike Foulkes

15:00 Comet Observing – Nick James

16:00 Tea

16:30 Deep Sky Observing – Nick James

17:30 Closing remarks

Programme times and topics may change on the day.

Useful links for those starting out in Astronomy

A page with links to the BAA’s starting out in astronomy content.

A page on the SPA website with many useful links.

A page of useful links by topic on our website.

Annual Star parties

Kelling Heath star party
The UK’s leading observing event, in Norfolk. Occurs near autumn equinox. Camping sites with some caravans.

Kielder Forest Star Camp
Takes place twice a year in Northumberland’s dark skies

Dark Sky sites in Yorkshire (Home – Park Authority – Looking after – Dark sky) (Home – Discover – Dark Skies) (Home – What we care about – Nature and landscapes – Dark skies) (Home – Things To Do – Outdoor Spaces – Dark Sky Discovery Sites)



Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET

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