Due to new covid restrictions coming into force there will be no society meeting in January or (probably) February. Observatory open nights will also not be possible in January, but after that ... [Read more about Society Meetings and Observatory Open Nights. ]

Good News! Paul Money's excellent Night Scenes almanac is now available for 2021, but on PDF or Kindle e book format only. Details are as follows..


Paul Money's excellent Night Scenes publication has had to change format for 2021 due to the knock on effect of Covid 19. [Read more about Night Scenes - A different format for 2021]

Not really surprising that we won't be able to hold society meetings in November, or quite probably December (but we'll see). So, it's looking as though it's going to be the New Year (not necessarily January either) before we have chance to meet formally at the College.  [Read more about Society Meetings, Observatory Open Nights and Christmas Meal. ]

It's looking very likely that the chances of hosting any public events for NAW are, as of writing (Oct 31st) about to evaporate.

  [Read more about National Astronomy Week Events]

Yes, it is hard to believe, but clear skies graced both Mars observation evenings, well almost. [Read more about Mars Observation Evenings - Report]

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Mars, Jupiter & Saturn, Neptune & Uranus, Venus and Mercury

November 2020 Sky Charts[Read more about Sky Notes - November 2020]

With Mars at opposition this month, the most favourable until 2035, the opportunity to view the Red Planet is too good pass up on.. [Read more about Mars Observation Evenings. ]

It's looking increasingly unlikely a Society meeting will be held in October. [Read more about Society Monthly Meetings - October's Cancelled]

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Jupiter & Saturn, Neptune & Uranus, Venus, Mars (at Opposition)
  • October 2020 Sky Charts

Thanks to Members for some stunning pictures of The Moon, Jupiter, and the house across the street[...] [Read more about Member Images in September 2020]

Andy Lawrence

We will soon sadly be losing one of the stalwarts of the society shortly: Andy Lawrence.  I say sadly, but for Andy and his wife, Anne, it is the start of a whole new exciting chapter in their lives as they move up to Scotland by October[...] [Read more about Andy Lawrence]

Coming Society Events

Hook's House Event - 22nd August 2020

Planned as our first real outdoor ...outreach event, it was hoped conditions would play ball for our annual pilgrimage over to Hook’s house[...]

Westerdale Event

As of ‘going to keyboard’, we haven’t yet officially had a date confirmed for the annual Westerdale star party event, but it certainly will not be in September[...]

Monthly Meetings Recommence??

WDAS monthly meetings may also possibly re- start in October, but to be honest we won’t know whether it will be feasible until after the college goes back and settled down[...] [Read more about Coming Society Events]


Cancelled earlier in the year, a casualty to the Covid 19 pandemic, this year’s Whitby Regatta (had it gone ahead) would still have been a huge disappointment weather-wise with cloudy, misty and damp conditions prevailing across the weekend.  I very much doubt whether we would have even ventured onto the West Cliff at all, such were the leaden skies.  Some things never change[...] [Read more about Regatta 2020 – Did we miss out?]