About Us and Contacts



Chair: Alan Willison

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Secretary: Simon Poley

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Treasurer: Anne Godwin

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Membership secretary: Tony Challoner

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Programme secretary and outreach: Jerry Stone

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Federation of Astronomical Societies Representative: Tony Challoner

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Equipment Officer: Steve Heliczer

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Astrophotography Officer: Denis O’Shea

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General Committee Members:

Leon Gevertz

Danny Emmett

Terry Creasey

Martin Weston

A bit about us


Hello and welcome to the Hertford Astronomy Group and the exciting field of astronomy.


Whether you are familiar with the night sky or have just looked up and wondered what there is beyond our planet then we are sure that you will be interested in our activities.


We are a group that formed because we are interested in astronomy and we want to learn more.


Our group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month throughout the year (except July & August).


At our meetings we arrange to have a speaker come and talk to us for about an hour and then follow this with an observation session if the sky is clear. You can come along and share members’ equipment or bring your own. You can even bring your own along for a bit of tlc if it needs repair or adjusting and our members will be happy to help you get the best from it. Don’t worry about it being ‘good enough’ - we all had to start somewhere even if it was with a pair of Barbie binoculars!


As well as our regular group meetings we do lots of other things too. We get invited to the regular open evenings at the Bayfordbury Observatory where we can set ourselves up to show visitors what can be achieved with back garden astronomy.


We also have some equipment you can borrow so that you can develop your interests - members only though.


Another feature of belonging to our group is that we get invitations to go to the Institute of Physics lectures at the University in Hatfield - all free!


We are also available to visit schools, scout and guide groups to give talks and demonstrations about astronomy and related topics - contact our Publicity and Outreach Officer for details.


This year we have an exciting programme in store for you with some very notable speakers lined up.


So, we hope to see you at one of our meetings and that you enjoy our company so much that you will want to come again.