Derby and District Astronomical Society

Welcome to the website of the Derby & District Astronomical Society (DDAS). We were founded in 1974 and are open to all with an interest in astronomy. We currently number around 30 members from all walks of life and whose knowledge of astronomy ranges from complete beginner to advanced. The society holds regular meetings on the first Friday of each month (except July and August) at 7:30 pm at the Friend's Meeting House on St. Helen's Street in Derby. Meetings usually involve an outside speaker, but members also give talks and the society holds a quiz in January. We also hold 'Introduction to Astronomy' evenings at the Friends Meeting House on the third Friday of the month, and these are designed to cover the basics of astronomy. See below for more information or check out our meetings programme. We are a friendly and, despite our subject, 'down to earth' society. Meetings are a great way for potential new members to see what we're about in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. The social aspect continues after most monthly meetings with a visit to, appropriately enough, The Seven Stars.

The society's Flamsteed Observatory near Brailsford houses a 10-inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope on a computerised 'GOTO' mount. The observatory is named in honour of England's first Astronomer Royal, the Reverend John Flamsteed (1646-1719), who was born in Derbyshire and attended Derby School. Regular monthly observing sessions are held (weather permitting) at the facility and new people are always welcome. They are usually held on the second Saturday of the month and start times vary with the season. The observatory is also available for use by individual members at any time after some simple training. A barbecue is held at the observatory on the first Saturday in July instead of a meeting at The Friend's Meeting House that month. The society also takes part in a number of public events and observing evenings during the year, at which members share their enthusiasm for the night sky and bring along their telescopes. An annual trip provides the opportunity for members to visit a different site of astronomical or space interest within the UK each year. Several of our members photograph the night sky and our picture gallery is entirely comprised of DDAS member's work.

For general information on all our meetings and the benefits of becoming a member please click here.


The Wild Duck Cluster (M11) in Scutum, imaged by DDAS member Peter Branson on the 7th July this year. More details...


Our next INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY evening will be held on Friday 16th September 2022 from 7:30 pm onwards at The Friends Meeting House, St. Helens Street, Derby, DE1 3GY. DDAS Vice Chair Dr Peter Branson will be giving a presentation on The New Hobart Observatory. For further details please email the DDAS Secretary .

Our NEXT MAIN MEETING will be held on Friday, 7th October 2022 from 7:30 pm onwards at The Friends Meeting House, St. Helens Street, Derby, DE1 3GY. We welcome back Professor Alfonso Aragón-Salamanca from the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Nottingham to give a presentation on The Cosmic Web. For further details please email the DDAS Secretary .

The Flamsteed Observatory OUR NEXT OBSERVING SESSION will be held on Saturday 15th October 2022 from 7:30 pm onwards at the Society's Flamsteed Observatory. A variety of telescopes will be available, including the Society's 10-inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope under the dome, as well as any that may be brought along by members. For more details please email the DDAS Secretary .

THE SPRING/SUMMMER 2022 EDITION OF ARIES IS NOW AVAILABLE... here. Thanks to our Aries editor Gill Pryor and all our contributors for making this edition possible.

LATEST IMAGES!  The Perseid meteor shower taken by Pete Hill on the 12th-13th August 2022. The sun in Ha taken by Pete Hill on the 12th August 2022. The North America and Pelican Nebulae taken by Dave Selfe on the 11th August 2022. The Coathanger Cluster, Garnet Star, M11, M13, M31 and NGC 6781 taken by Peter Branson in July 2022. The sun taken at different wavelengths by Pete Hill on the 10th July and 22nd June 2022. The Eastern Veil, Dumbell and Eagle nebulae captured by Peter Branson in June 2022. The moon taken by Peter Branson on the 5th May 2022. The Whirlpool Galaxy taken in April 2022 by Peter Branson. M65 and M66 taken by Dave Selfe on the 2nd April 2022. Caldwell 25, NGC 1501 and NGC 1502 taken by Dave Selfe on the 18th March 2022. M13 and M34 taken by Dave Selfe on the 25th and 18th March 2022 respectively. M13 taken by Dave Selfe on the 19th March 2022. M48 and NGC 2355 taken by Mike Lancaster on the 21st March and 19th March 2022 respectively. The Horsehead Nebula, M63 and M109 taken by Dave Selfe on the 26th February 2022. NGC 2266 and NGC 1931 taken by Mike Lancaster on the 14th and 6th March 2022 respectively. M97 and M108 taken by Dave Selfe on the 26th February 2022. M36, NGC 2420 and Caldwell 25 taken by Mike Lancaster on the 22nd, 25th and 26th February 2022 respectively. The Leo Triplet taken by Peter Branson on the 6th February 2022. M35, M37, M38, M67, the Beehive Cluster, Rosette Nebula and Orion Nebula taken by Dave Selfe in January 2022. The Bubble Nebula and M52 taken by Peter Branson on the 19th January 2022. The Moon and the Flame and Horsehead Nebulae taken by Peter Branson on the 19th-21st January 2022. The Eskimo Nebula taken by Mike Lancaster on the 22nd January 2022. Galaxies M81 and M82 taken by Peter Branson on the 5th and 12th January 2022. The Crab Nebula taken by Mike Lancaster on the 11th January 2022. The Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus taken by Malcolm Neal on the 7th December 2021. The Plieades and M31 taken by Gary Lambert in October and November 2021 respectively. Jupiter, the Cat's Eye Nebula, the Bubble Nebula, M31 and M42 all taken by Peter Branson in August, September and November 2021. M31, M45 and the Double Cluster, taken on the 30th October 2021 by Dave Selfe. The sun taken on the 7th September 2021 by Pete Hill. The Crescent Nebula taken on the 27th September 2021 by Mike Lancaster. A sun pillar taken on the 15th September 2021 by Pete Hill. M15 taken on the 7th September 2021 by Mike Lancaster.

HERSTMONCEUX VISIT...   A group of DDAS members paid a visit to the Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre on the 9th April this year. A photojournal of the visit can be seen here.

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