Lewes Castle at night Summer Solstice on Malling Hill Whirlpool Galaxy by Roy Marriott

About Us

We're a friendly astronomy group based in the East Sussex county town of Lewes. Whether you're passionate or just curious about astronomy, expert or novice, everyone is welcome. Our activities cater for all levels of knowledge, experience and interests within astronomy.

Previously a small group known as the Lewes Astronomers, our heritage dates back many decades. Astronomy has made significant strides during that time, yet it remains one of the few scientific disciplines in which amateurs can play an useful role.

After relaunching as the Lewes Astronomical Society in 2022 we enjoyed unprecedented growth. We now have about a hundred members and many more followers on our mailing list. However, our ethos remains simple; to promote all aspects of astronomy in a welcoming and inclusive environment for people living in and around the Lewes area.

For general enquiries about our society, please send an email to secretary@lewesas.org.uk. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact any of the team members shown on our committee page.

Join Us

Membership runs for 12 months from September each year, and includes free admission to our public meetings—£3 for non-members—which are normally held on the first Wednesday of each month (except July and August) at the Grade II listed town hall in Lewes. A guest speaker or member of our society usually presents an informative talk with a slideshow.

We also arrange additional offers and events exclusively for our members, such as stargazing evenings. Our events are a great way to meet amateurs and professionals in the field of astronomy and make new friends.

Join us today! See our membership page for more details.


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Next Public Meeting

Capturing the Moment
Sally Russell
Lewes Town Hall
1st May 2024 at 7:30pm

Sally Russell is an avid astronomical artist who co-authored Sketching the Moon and Solar Sketching which featured in Patrick Moore's esteemed Practical Astronomy series of books. Practical amateur astronomy has changed markedly over the past few decades, from the isolated amateur telescope maker pursuing a lonely hobby, to today’s ready availability of a huge range of equipment and astronomical information, plus the means to easily capture and share digital images. This evolution is described from a personal point of view, the core of the discussion being the constant desire to record observations for posterity and the changing methods being used to enable this, from traditional sketching through to afocal smartphone photography and the new DWARF II smart telescope. Everyone welcome. Non-members £3

Find Us

Our public meetings are normally held in the Lecture Room on the first floor of Lewes Town Hall, East Sussex BN7 2QS. Entrance is in Fisher Street. Wheelchair access is available on request. Municipal car parks are free after 5pm, the nearest in East Street, West Street and North Street.

Latitude 50.8734N Longitude 0.0104E /// gravy.ecologist.kneeled