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About Aberdeen Astronomical Society



AAS was formed in 1969 and has a current membership of about 35. 

The society meets monthly (second Tuesday of the month) from September to May. During term times the meetings are held at the RGC (Robert Gordon's College, School Hill, Aberdeen), where a talk/presentation is normally given by either a guest speaker or a society member.  (Directions to RGC

AAS also meets once a month (fourth Tuesday of the month throughout the year) at Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, where we hold informal observing evenings. If you want to try out a few telescopes or learn how to get the most out of your model, then these are the evenings for you.  AAS members are also on hand to point out features of the night sky.  If the skies are cloudy then we retreat inside the Centre for astronomical discussions!  (Directions to Bettridge Centre)

AAS organises occasional visits to Scottish observatories (such as University of St. Andrews, pictured right) and planetaria. We meet up for special astronomical events, such as eclipses and meteor showers and are keen aurora watchers. We also organise observing at our dark sky site in Midmar.

ADAS visit to the University of St. Andrews Observatory


A selection of ADAS members and their telescopes


AAS holds regular public observing evenings around the Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire area (such as the Bennachie Centre near Kemnay).  If you'd like to come along to one of these events, contact AAS or look out  for Public Events posted on our Events Page for further information.

Several AAS members possess their own telescopes and if you are thinking of purchasing one yourself, then AAS members are always happy to oblige with advice.  Come and try out a few different types at one of our Betteridge observing nights.

The society is able to offer talks and guidance to the wider public (>> more details).

Society meetings were previously held at the historic Cromwell Tower Observatory at King’s College in Old Aberdeen (pictured right).  AAS were extremely grateful to the Department of Physics, University of Aberdeen for the use of the CTO during the several years it used the building. The Cromwell Tower, built in 1662The current observatory, which was probably constructed in 1825

AAS Committee:

Position Name
Honorary President: John MacNicol
Secretary: Neal Weston
Communications Officer:  Sheri Karl
Treasurer: Paul Nesvadba
Other Committee Members:  Tim Browett
Neville Browne
Torcuill Torrance
Karen Yuill

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Observing through the St. Andrews 16" Meade LX200




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