Moon phase

Friday, 6 April 2018


Hi All,

I've added a list of science/astronomy books that the club has available to lend to members. Just click the Library tab on the right.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Introduction to Astronomy Report

After being postponed due to the snow at the start of the month the East Essex Astronomy Club held its Introduction to Astronomy Day in Burnham on Crouch in Essex. Club chair John Press gave information to the 18 novice astronomers in attendance about the basics of astronomy. The day covered descriptions of astronomical objects, stars, planets, nebula, galaxies and meteors,information about different kinds of equipment to view the night sky and mounts to securely hold equipment and track the night sky. The day ended with details about how to use simple equipment such as point and shoot cameras and DSLRs on undriven tripods to take images of the night sky. Our next meeting is on Saturday 7th April at 6:45pm at the village hall in Burnham, there will be a members talk by Andy Hutcheon (subject to be determined) and the main talk by John about Pluto and the Kuiper belt. We look forward to seeing you.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Intro to Astronomy Day

Hi All,

Just a quick reminder to get your booking forms in for the Introduction to Astronomy Day on 3rd March.

We'd like the forms in by around 10th February so we know which hall to book.

If you would like any further information please either email us at or comment on our Facebook page.


Chair EEAC

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Introduction to Astronomy Day

Hi all.

We're planning an Introduction to Astronomy Day on Saturday 3rd March.

If you've just got a telescope or binoculars for Christmas and want to know how to get the best out of them or if you've just wanted to know more about the night sky and what you're looking at then we hope to see you.

The day will start at about 10am and will run to 3pm with breaks for tea through the day and lunch.

We will cover what to look at (stars, planets, galaxies, nebula etc), how telescopes work and how to get the most out of them and how to take pictures of the night sky.

After the daytime activities, to round the day off, if the skies are clear, we will have a practical observing session where you can bring your own equipment along, look through club member's equipment or use some of the club's telescopes.

The day will cost £15 for an adult, £10 for children under 16 (must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Discounts available for club members and family groups.

Please let us know if you are interested so we can start getting an idea of numbers. You can contact us via our Facebook page or email us via

The daytime event will be at the Village Hall in Burnham on Crouch, the observing will be near by at an accessible dark site or a member's garden.


John, Chair EEAC.

Thursday, 23 November 2017


Hi all,

Take a look on the events page as I've just added dates and subjects for next year.

I hope to do a daytime event in March for all the owners of new equipment. The idea will be to advertise widely to have potential new members join us.

Obviously any members who want to attend will get a discount of the cost of the day.

Also, anyone who wants to lend a hand on the day would be most welcome.

Hopefully it will be clear in the evening and we can put into practice what we learned in the day.



Sunday, 15 October 2017


Hi All,

Well, we had a good few in attendance on 6th of October for John's talk on Mars and Roy's presentation about his visit to the US to see "The Great American Eclipse" (all I can say is jealous!!). We also had the first outing for the club's new projector which enhanced the power point for all to see.

We had 2 TBAs on the calendar for the rest of 2017 which are now filled.

November we will have the top 10 sights in the winter sky. A run down of the objects, what they are, where they can be seen and the best way to see them, from the naked eye to larger telescopes. The talk will also cover how to capture some of the sights with simple photographic equipment.

December has Roy Hookway giving us his presentation on "The Life and Times of Charles Messier",which I'm looking forward to.

We are always happy for those in attendance to give 5 - 10 minute members talks (don't actually have to be a member but we have to call it something!). Just let us know in advance so we can schedule you in.

Do you have a topic that you would like more information on, an astronomical character you would like to hear about or an observing technique you would like to learn? Let us know as we are currently filling in calendar positions for talks for 2018.

In 2018 we are not going to have meetings in July and August. The past 3 years have seen dwindling attendance in these months so we are going to have a summer break. We will still have the Perseid night on 12th - 13th August (weather permitting).

Last and not least we still have a few slots for our 2018 calendar. Remember, anything astronomical goes and you must have visited us in 2017. We will produce a sample for you to look at and then take confirmed orders with deposits before we order in bulk.

Look forward to seeing you in November.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Calendar Call Out

We are going to put together another calendar of our visitors images, diagrams or pictures.

There are a couple of stipulations for submissions.

1) The images must be original and your own work.
2) You have to have been to one of the club meetings in the past 12 months.

Other than that, anything goes as long as it is space.astronomy related.

We would like all submissions by the end of October. You can email them in, add them as a comment to this post, add them to the facebook page (we will probably ask for a direct email of the image due to FB compression if the image is selected) or bring it along on a memory stick/CD to the October meeting on 7th October.

We look forward to seeing your work.