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The Reading Astronomical Society was founded in 1972 to promote amateur astronomy in the Reading area. The Society holds two meetings a month with invited speakers and maintains a membership of over 100 members, which makes Reading AS one of the larger societies in the UK.



Special Summer Spectroscopy Workshop.

At our usual venue from 12 Noon to 4 pm on Saturday 2nd July 2016
The workshop is free to all. You DON’T have to be a member of Reading Astronomical Society.
The agenda will be confirmed in due course. Here is the draft:
Offers of short talks from local societies will be welcome.
  • History of astronomical spectroscopy
  • Spectroscopy usage and theory
  • Getting started with a filter grating (e.g. SA100) & demo
  • Using the Alpy 600 & demo
  • Reduction of spectra using BASS (others may present other apps subjected to prior agreement)
  • Spin cast mirrors for spectroscopy – Wayne Young has several years experience of this black art
  • Build your own Spectrometer
  • Spectrometer clinic – bring yours in to show or get help
Please let me know if you have particular topics to be added
John Paraskeva [email protected]


I met lot’s of lovely people, and can’t believe how professional the whole evening was…. – Ryan, Jun 2014

….just to say that Anne and I had a very enjoyable evening at Reading AS. Everyone was so friendly and made for a very sociable evening. – Guy, May 2015

How I wish I lived closer because, without doubt, I would become a member of your Society! – Jane Green, Oct 2015

…it was such a thrill speaking to such an enthused and interested audience; a science communicator’s dream! – Ceri Brenner, Jan 2016


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

British Science Association

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Reading Science Week 2016DSC_6748

We had the usual annual success with our event at the Institute of Education in London Road. See Marc’s image….

We have some images and a short report from 2015. And a quote from one of our helpers last year. “Lots of very eager and inquisitive children and grown-ups came. It was a good job we had plenty of telescopes! I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I hope everyone else did too. Cheers Gerry! Wayne”

Santa’s Grotto 2015

More images

East Reading Festival 2014

Here is a gallery of images from Marc Charron.

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