OASI is a society for people interested in astronomy. We are based at Orwell Park Observatory and Newbourne Village Hall (both near Ipswich, Suffolk). Members enjoy a wide range of interests in astronomy and include armchair astronomers, casual observers, and dedicated amateurs with specialist skills in visual and photographic observing, constructing telescopes, public education in astronomy and the history of astronomy.
The panels below provide information on our activities, and how to join.
Email for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Orwell Park Observatory
Our monthly observatory tours provide an opportunity for individuals to visit Orwell Park Observatory. Organised groups may visit by appointment.
Observatory tours and group visits must be booked in advance. More information and book a visit.
British Astronomical Association "Back to Basics" Workshop
On 02 March 2019, OASI is hosting a BAA "Back to Basics" Workshop comprising talks and practical sessions on the basic techniques of astronomy. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to answer questions.
Venue: Museum Street Methodist Church, 17 Black Horse Lane, Ipswich, IP1 2EF.
Entrance fees: BAA members, OASI members & under-16 years £9.00; others £12.00. Includes refreshments and buffet lunch.
Retailers attending: BAA Sales, Dew Control and W&W Astro.
More information (including map and online bookings): BAA website.
||Registration & tea/coffee
||Official welcome - Callum Potter (BAA President)
||What astronomy can I do? - Hazel Collett
||What equipment & books do I need? – Stewart Moore
||Solar observing & workshop – Peter Meadows
||OASI - Andy Gibbs (OASI Chairman)
||Planet observing & workshop - Michael Foulkes
||Comets - Nick James
||Deep sky observing – Callum Potter
||Feedback, Q&A & raffle
Please book via the BAA online or by phone on 020 7734 4145 by 22 February 2019.
Flyer for the event
OASI@Orwell Park Observatory
Observing at Orwell Park Observatory, using the historic 258 mm Tomline Refractor and smaller instruments. Every Wednesday, 8.15pm onwards. (Weather permitting.)
Wednesday evenings are open to members, NOT to the public.
Newbourne Village Hall is OASI's dark-sky observing site and venue for workshops, informal lectures and presentations.
If you're interested in joining OASI, please come to a meeting at Newbourne. Next meeting: Monday 25 February 2019, 19:00.
More on joining OASI.
More on OASI@Newbourne.
Recent reports and observations. More.
|| Supernova 2019np in spiral galaxy NGC3254, 11 February 2019, Mike Harlow. More.
|| Report on visit to European Astrofest, 08-09 February 2019, Andy Gibbs. More.
|| Composite image of total lunar eclipse, 21 January 2019, John Hughes. More.
|| Aurora over north Norway, 13 January 2019, Paul Whiting, FRAS. More.
|| Motion of Comet 46P/Wirtanen, Alan Smith, 06-13 December 2018. More.
|| Astro-imaging at Newbourne Village Hall, 22 October 2018. Image captured of M57.