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 (map).
Entrance fees: BAA & OASI members & under-16 years £10.00; others £13.00. Includes refreshments and buffet lunch.
More information: BAA website.
||Registration & tea/coffee
||Official welcome - Mr Callum Potter (BAA President)
||What astronomy can I do? - Mrs Hazel Collett
||What equipment & books do I need? – Dr Stewart Moore
||Lunar observing & workshop – Mr Nick James
||OASI - speaker TBA
||Comets - Mr Nick James TBC
||Deep sky observing – Mr Callum Potter
||Feedback, Q&A & raffle
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 14 January 2019, 19:00.
More on joining OASI.
More on OASI@Newbourne.
Recent observations. More observations.
|| Comet 46P/Wirtanen, Martin Cook, 07 December 2018. More.
|| Images of McNeil's nebula taken 5 years apart show a dramatic fade. Mike Harlow, 28 December 2013 and 19 November 2018. More.
|| All-sky camera captures a fireball with two flares, 11 November 2018, Alan Smith. More.
|| Astro-imaging at Newbourne Village Hall, 22 October 2018. Image captured of M57.
|| M27, the Dumbbell Nebula in narrowband light, 07 October 2018, Andy Gibbs. More.
|| Star Hipparcos 21630 about to be occulted by the Moon, 03 September 2018, James Appleton. More.