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The Reading Astronomical Society was founded in 1972 to promote amateur astronomy in the Reading area in Berkshire, UK. We have been providing talks by professional and amateur astronomers, offering practical advice and help, loaning out telescopes, and arranging trips to sites of interest for over 50 years.

The main section of the society normally meets at St. Peter’s Church Hall, Earley, on the 3rd Saturday of each month between September and June (occasionally the 2nd Saturday at Christmas and Easter). We also run free beginners’ sessions which meet at local halls on selected Fridays. Our programme has full details of all meetings.

We get many email enquiries about membership (info@readingastro.org.uk) and we are happy to answer but the best way is just turn up at a meeting! First time always no charge. Complete beginners welcome. Children under 16 welcome if accompanied by an adult. This site offers more information about the Society and astronomy. You will find:

Annual subscription rates.
Standard : £35
Retired / Unwaged : £25
Student* : FREE
Visitor** : £5

* Under 16 at the beginning of the session, students at schools, colleges and universities
** First main meeting is free

Attending Friday meetings is free and does not require a membership. Members are welcome to bring guests to main meetings for £5 per guest per meeting.

Join our NEWSLIST: email info@readingastro.org.uk to be added to our email news list. You will then receive timely notice of all of our activities.

Check our upcoming meetings and complete year’s programme.

The society respects current General Data Protection Regulations and our Data Privacy Statement is here

A Sequence of the Photographic Work of Members

Join our discussion group for members and friends; any astronomy hobbyist; in the Reading area.

You can contact us via Twitter and Facebook or email info@readingastro.org.uk.

We maintain a news list for anyone in the area to keep in touch with all our astronomy events. To subscribe, send an email to info@readingastro.org.uk.

We support the Commission for Dark Skies.

We associate with other societies in the region through SAGAS

We meet regularly at St Peter’s Church Hall in Earley.

Here is a talk in progress


A gallery of images from

East Reading Festival 2014

Open day 2020