Dark Skies Event April 2022
On Sunday April 24th as part of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) Dark Sky week 2022 the Somerset Levels Stargazers who celebrate their 10th Anniversary in 2022 are joining forces with the Commission for Dark Skies (CFDS) and holding a free community event called Dark Skies a day long series of talks focussing on the challenges of Light Pollution and the importance of retaining our dark skies.
Speakers include Bob Mizon MBE FRAS Co-ordinator for the Commission for Dark Skies, Jo Richardson FRAS ESERO-UK founder of The Space Detectives and Resident Astronomer for Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve, Steve Tonkin F.RAS lecturer, author and Dark Skies Adviser and Jim Patterson Dark Skies project adviser Moffat Observatory Scotland. The Somerset Levels Stargazers were founded in 2012 by Paul Adamson (Chairman) and John Martin MBE and hold meetings and special events in the village of Othery on the Somerset Levels, they continued holding Zoom meetings during the Pandemic and now have followers from all over the Country.
This event is being held in Othery Village Hall and will also be available on Zoom, for details please contact
Chairman Somerset Levels Stargazers
Wells and Mendip Astronomers meeting.
We have been invited to the a meeting held by Wells and Mendip Astronomy club on Saturday 19th. Full details can be found here.
BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Back Garden Astronomy Week!
The BBC sky at night magazine are running another back garden astronomy week and if you sign up you will a get a free guide everyday emailed.
They are going to go on a journey of discovery to our nearest celestial neighbour, the Moon.
Each day, we’ll guide you to a fascinating lunar feature that you can look out for that night using just your eyes, a pair of binoculars or a small telescope, and we’ll give you a little bit of background.
To sign up just click on the link below
50th Anniversary Of The First Moon Landing
Exploring Space From The Somerset Levels
Somerset Levels Stargazers held a free two day community event in march
at Othery village hall promoting astronomy to fellow amateur
astronomers and the wider public. The event included an after school
space activities session and a screening of the film Interstellar on
friday the 16th and on Saturday the 17th a day of astronomical displays
and also talks by Bob Mizon MBE FRAS and club members along with a day
of Space Detectives work shops with Jo Richardson FRAS . The event was
supported by the Anne Dodgson memorial fund and the village hall itself.
Bristol AS & BAA Back to Basics event
Dear fellow Stargazers & Astronomers,
Here in Bristol we are hosting the forthcoming BAA “Back to Basics” workshop event on Saturday 10th March.
Full details are on the attached Poster and booking forms but basically as is typical for BAA events, registration is at 10.00am and the day finishes at 5pm.
There will be a range of speakers and all refreshments and lunch is included.
The cost for the meeting is £10.00 BAA Members & children under 16. £13.00 for non-members.
As our venue has a limited capacity this will be a strictly ticket only event.
Please could you circulate this among your members to see if anyone would be interested in coming along – all booking is done via the BAA not ourselves.
The Herschel Museum Bath
We have secured a private out of hours guide of The Herschel Museum including a talk on William Herschel and the house in Bath on Saturday 4th November. This will start at 10.00am and we do still have places left. Should you wish to come along please bring the entrance fees to our meeting this month. Member:£5.50 Guests:£8.00. Of course if you become a member this month you will save £2.50. Own transport to be arranged.
Hestercombe Gardens Taunton
On Friday 27th October between 7.00pm to 9.00pm we have been invited to Hestercombe gardens to hold astronomical talks and a star gazing evening. Entry fees are Adults:£6 and Children:£3.
"Join the experts from the Somerset Levels Stargazers for an introduction to astronomy. We’ll meet in the Bampfylde Hall at Hestercombe and then head outside to explore the night sky and locate the stars using telescopes and binoculars (bring your own if you have them)."
If you would like to attend please book your tickets in advance here
As part of space week 2017 and in conjunction with Wells and Mendip astronomers there will be...To boldly go, a day of space and astronomy held on Saturday 7th October between 10.00am to 3.00pm. This is a free event, and we will be holding the somerset levels stargazer display table. Please do come along for the day. As always we are looking for volunteers to help out if you have the time.
Othery Street Fair
On the 17th June Somerset Levels Stargazers had a stand at the Othery Street Fair.
We had a pick a star game winning a prize each time, a huge big thanks to all who gave donations to the table including Hestercombe Gardens and Wookey Hole Caves who donated free tickets , we also had a solar telescope set up which had a lot of interest.
A good day out despite the heat with lots to see and do and plenty of much needed refreshments.