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Members observing a transit of Venus
Thursday Evening Meetings The LAS meets between 8:00 & 10:00 p.m. every Thursday evening (except Christmas and New Year) in the scout hall, Theydon Bois, Essex. For a full copy of our latest programme click the "Program" tab above. For a map to help you find our venue click the "Find us" tab above. The map and instructions will be displayed in a separate window so it is easy to print off.

All meetings of the LAS are open to the public. If you would like to try our Thursday evening meetings then please just turn up. If after a few visits you would like to join then our membership secretary will be delighted to help. Do remember that our programme covers a wide range of knowledge and experience, so if you find the talk goes over your head, or is just too simple, then please try again on another Thursday.

Other Events

We also organise other events, such as the Equinox Sky Camp, weekend observing trips, solstice meals, visits etc. A programme of events other than our regular Thursday evening meetings is included with the main program,

Equinox Sky Camp

A major event in the LAS calendar is the Equinox Sky Camp. This takes place every September or October at a dark site in Kelling Heath, North Norfolk. The two-week event includes an activity weekend with visiting lecturers, trade stands, a barbecue, tour of the telescopes as well as the usual observing. When the clouds intervene the observing is done in the bar! For more information click on the "Sky Camp" tab above.

24 March LAS Meets National Trust
On 24 March 2018 the LAS joins the National Trust Hatfield Forest Takeley for a public observing session. Tickets are available from the National Trust.

Saturday 24 Feburary - Public Observing at Theydon Bois.
630 pm to 830 pm at the Scout Hall, Theydon Bois. Entrance free, no bookings or tickets required.


Observing The Society owns a number of telescopes for use by members and demonstrations to visitors. The largest of these is the 16 inch Newtonian telescope that used to be in our old observatory but has now been turned into a portable dobsonian. We also own a number of smaller telescopes including two specialised Solar Scopes. Some of this equipment is available for loan to members.

If you want some observing tips, an appreciative audience for your astronomical photographs, help with your equipment or just some company while observing then why not join us. probe 5