Public Observing 9

The Societies Public Observing meetings are open to the general public and members, and are advertised in Eastbourne Council literature.

LOCATION NOTE – The Redoubt will not be available to us after November 2019 due to building works. Once again we have agreed with Eastbourne Council, that our temporary location will be the Western Lawns, where we will decant to the Lansdowne Hotel if the weather is too inclement.

We bring various society telescopes, and specialised cameras and have knowledgeable society members on hand to answer questions and help you til discover the night sky. The event is ability friendly, and is held in the early evening to make it family friendly. However note that the start times change from month to month to accommodate the changing time of the Sun setting. Please wrap up warmly as it can get cold.

The event is free of charge.

NOTE – If there is ice or high winds the event will be cancelled for Health and Safety reasons.

Location1: The Redoubt Napoleonic Fortress, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN22 7AQ. Enter via the Drawbridge – up the slope from the main road. At the Redoubt, observing is undertaken on the Gun Terrace. We also generally provide a presentation (or presentations), undertaken in Casemate 20, of astronomical  interest. Note that there are steep steps down from the Gun Platform to the parade ground and Casemate 20. For information the Gun Terrace Battlements provide ample shade from the Street Lights on Royal Parade.

Location2: The Western Lawns, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne – opposite The Lansdowne Hotel.

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9 thoughts on “Public Observing

  • Matthew Streeter

    I would like to attend the Pubic Star Gazing with my wife on 4th Feb 2017 and would like to know if it is ticketed or is on a first come first served basis. We are making a special trip down and will be staying in Eastbourne. Please advise.

    • Colleen Towne

      Very interested in joining in. No eperience at all other than enjoying looking at night sky, but not knowing what to look for and where. O.A.O. !!!

  • Kirsty Chappell

    My husband and I would like to come and have a look at the night sky we came last time but no one was there, where do we meet and can you please advise if it is cancelled
    Thanks Kirsty Chappell

    • Terry Webb

      Hi Kirsty,
      We currently meet on the Western Lawns (opposite the Lansdowne Hotel) because the Redoubt is closed for building works. We will be there tonight. The weather report is not brilliant but we should get some observing in before it rains! Tonights event is planned from 6pm to 8pm. Not sure how you missed us last time, although I couldn’t attend, as we had a few scopes up and working?
      Hopefully see you later.

  • Dennis Rattray

    Hi, do you have any stargazing at western lawns coming up or perhaps Arlington village hall. I came a month ago with a friend and we enjoyed it and would like to poke our noses in again.

    • Terry Webb

      Hi Dennis, Our observing season is now over until September – because the night skies are getting too light and/or late for family observing. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and our Website for the dates for next season.

  • Malcolm Gilbert

    I am trying to trace an old family friend by the of Doctor Harry Ford. He was a friend of my mother who died in June 2017 and she had his address as 29 Sandcroft Road Eastbourne where I sent a Christmas card and a letter in December 2019 . As I did not receive a reply I sent the 2019 Christmas card and a letter to Eastbourne Astronomical Society Willingdon Memorial Hall Willingdon East Sussex BN20 but I have just had this returned as not known. I wonder if you can help me in contacting him? He probably has my address as 25 Dingle Road Rushden Northants NN10 6RX. My other details are as below. Thank you.

    • Terry Webb

      Hello Pam,

      We will list all meetings on the website once the Covid Rules allow us to start holding public meetings. Members get email invites to Zoom Meetings and our monthly newsletter. If you wish to join please see the ‘Joining’ tab, or if you want any other info let me know.