Welcome to Lincoln Astronomical Society.
We were formed in 1959 and the observatory
was opened in 1982. LAS are members of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and the Society for Popular Astronomy.
Meetings are held at our observatory and lecture facility at
23 Westcliffe Street Lincoln. Our lecture meetings take place at 7.30pm on the 1st Tuesday of each month, except for January meetings,
which are held on the 2nd Tuesday to avoid being too close to the start of the New Year.
Unfortunately, the 50 steps from the road to the facility make the site inaccessible for wheelchair users
and we extend a sincere apology for people
who might be affected by this.
Our site Risk Assessment is available and visitors are encouraged to read it. Please click here to view.
The Observatory was built by the members and opened in 1982 by Patrick Moore.
It is named after two former Presidents of the society, Walter Pennell and Peter Hammerton
and houses a 12" F5 Newtonian Reflector telescope which is equatorially mounted & motorised,
to allow for guided exposures of deep sky objects.
Membership & Visitor Fees:
Membership and Visitor Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:
Individual £25.00 ~
Family £35.00 ~
Over 65 couple £25.00
Concessions (Unemployed, Aged over 65, Full Time Student aged over 16) £15.00
Non member visitors to meetings or observing sessions
£4 each visit ~ Visitor Concession £2.50 ~ Accompanied under 16 £1.50
You can join the society on line or at the main monthly lecture meetings where payment in cash or by cheque is accepted.
Visits to the Observatory
The Society’s observatory is primarily for the use of members of Lincoln Astronomical Society, but also plays an important role in introducing the wonders of the universe to people in the Lincoln area. We are, therefore, keen to encourage visits to the observatory and there are three main opportunities for coming along to see and potentially use the telescope in the observatory.
Click here for more information about visiting the observatory
Please email the Visits
Organiser to see if your preferred date is free, or telephone Graham Winstanley 07443 492362 (office hours).
Note: The observatory can be used by members seven days a week but we will alter our activities to suit any visitor requirements.
Regular observing sessions take place at the observatory.
These are usually on Tuesday evenings from about 7.30pm if the sky is clear and a few visitors are always welcome. Please let us know if you are intending to come.
In addition, Several members own their own telescopes and some are willing to give lectures to other astronomical societies. If you are associated with another astronomical society and would like to book one of our lecturers to give a talk please contact:
The Program Secretary: David Swaby
The Company Secretary: Graham Winstanley
Lincoln Astronomical Society is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England, number 09350726