Wycombe Astronomical Society is a friendly and active society bringing the wonders of astronomy to all who live in South Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns.
We have over a 100 members of all ages and levels of astronomical knowledge from beginners through to advanced amateurs, and a lively observing community.
We have our own observatory
permanently located at Woodrow High House near Amersham in Buckinghamshire and regularly get together to observe during the observing season.
There is a busy calendar with monthly lectures and practical meetings (see the home page) - currently online via Zoom. Guest speakers provide us with informative lectures on the third Wednesday of each month and for the remaining 3 Wednesday of the month, we have an online social meeting also over Zoom, and discuss astronomy (including practical tips and tricks), space and have a good chit chat about anything, or observing meet ups at Observatory at Woodrow House
(see visit us link below).
As well as this we have society trips and group get-togethers throughout the year including our annual barbecue in August to coincide with the Perseid meteor shower.
Have a look below for more details on what we do and why you should join the society.
To contact us click here.
Curious about planets, galaxies, & Back holes?
As a member of the society you have access to other members with a wealth of knowledge, all happy to share it with you and provide you with valuable advice.
The society selects top speakers that provide lectures on wide range of astronomy and space relate subjects - often at the cutting edge!
Meet others interested in Astronomy & Space
The society has over 100+ members, from diverse backgrounds, different ages, gender and
They are mainly from Buckinghamshire, but some are from London, Oxford and Berkshire - and all passionate about Astronomy and space.
Your'll get to meet these members at lecture, social meetings and in the Members Area of our web site.
Learn from members, attending lectures and social meetings.
The society has an an extensive library that you can borrow books from.
Chat to other members through the Member section of our web site via online chat or the forum.
Get answers to your Astronomy & Space Questions
Attend fascinating lectures from top speakers
The society provides monthly lectures throughout the year from a wide selection of top speakers. From top researchers, university professors, authors and well known TV presenters.
Browse through our upcoming and past lectures to see the wealth of topics and speakers.
Access recordings of previous lectures presented via Zoom through the Members section of our web site.
Participate in Astronomy outreach events
The society holds or participates in several public and outreach events each year. These range from astronomy lectures and star gazing at local National Trust events, schools, local museums and star gazing live parties at our observatory in Woodrow House, Amersham.
Enjoy Astronomy & space events with others
Members can participate in the public outreach events
Enjoy socialising with members at annual events such as the Perseids BBQ, enjoy cooking your own food with others, and having drink whilst watching the meteor showers from the constellation of Perseus.
The society also host weekly Social meetings on Zoom, were members share everything astronomy and space, including watching the latest rocket launches and Mars landings, and non related astronomy.
Access to Astronomy equipment, books & advice
Members are able too borrow equipment from the society. Equipment ranges from computer telescopes, a specialist solar telescope and astrophotography cameras and filters. Also your'e have access to our extensive library of books.
As a member you also have access to our observatory, the Chiltern Observatory, which has state of the art equipment, and is based at Woodrow House Amersham.
Meet our members
What our members are saying
Another great thing about WAS is the range of most excellent lectures. These have,
over the years, been a great way of expanding my own small knowledge of life, the
universe and everything.
Even though I was the youngest there and probably the most inexperienced in astronomy, I’ve always felt welcome. Everyone is so willing to answer my questions and explain anything I didn’t know or understand.
I have not only learned a lot by being a member of the WAS but have also tremendously enjoyed the experience. The group is very friendly and I can’t recommend joining highly enough – becoming a member of the WAS...
I am now Secretary of the Society and as keen as ever on Astronomy, always encouraging members, new or old, to become proficient. The Society celebrated its 40th Anniversary last year, is well set for the future and remains a friendly and welcoming group for anyone with an interest in Astronomy.
Richard and Carol Jenkinson
We joined the society about 10 years ago after buying a new telescope. I have had a passion for Astronomy since being a teenager and the Apollo missions furthered my interest. It was good to be able to share our hobby with like minded people. The society is a very friendly group of people who are happy to help new and old members.
I have been a member of WAS for 16 or 17 years and have also served on the committee. I have made some wonderful friends over the years, some of whom will be friends for life, and I continue to remain a member of the society, attending the lectures when I can.
The amount I've learned in the few months I've been a member is staggering, because everyone here is so generous with their time, knowledge, and the extensive WAS library of every book on astronomy you could hope to get your hands on. Plus, they're all lovely to have a chat with!
Jean - Marie
I joined Wycombe Astro to get help with using the scope and very soon found it was very helpful and I enjoyed all aspects of both the practical side and the lectures. Wycombe Astronomical Society has been so helpful to me both for learning about the subject and for making new friends.
Wycombe Astronomical Society has been so helpful to me both for learning about the subject and for making new friends.
My interactions with the WAS operational team and the members has always been amazing. As a complete novice to the world of Astronomy I have found WAS an informative, supportive and engaging group who are happy to share their years of knowledge and experience.
The members are very welcoming, passionate and really know what they are talking about. They hold talks from experts and socials which have now become the highlight of my week.