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Welcome to WOLAS
With a membership of nearly 200, we are one of the largest local astronomical societies in the UK. We meet every month (except August), alternating between sites at Uxbridge and Harrow. You definitely don't need to be an advanced amateur to join, as we try to keep meetings at a level which anyone with a general interest in astronomy can follow. Probably the majority of our membership consists of people just like you – interested but not obsessed!
The society was founded in 1967 and has a membership mostly drawn from a wide area of the western side of London. As well as our monthly meetings, we have regular observing sessions at a site near High Wycombe, where skies are darker, and twice a year we organise an observing weekend to a truly dark sky site such as mid-Wales or the West Country.
If you are interested, take a look at our meeting programme and come along to one of the meetings and see if you like it. We have a wide range of meeting topics, from basic stargazing to cosmology, covering the wide range of interests among our members. The Society is not just for the advanced amateur astronomer we have members with all levels of experience and interests and welcome new members of all ages. There are subscription rates for those under 16 and for families, and our large membership allows us to keep our charges surprisingly low. You can join online or by post.
WOLAS members may also join the online WOLAS Yahoo Group which provides an easy means of communication between members. You can view messages without being a member, but new applications are referred to the group moderator.
Our monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at two locations:
Members Only Pages
WOLAS members who have logged in with their unique user name and password can see a link to special pages of information below. You can also access this list from any page by clicking on your name at top right (after the word 'Welcome') when logged in.
If you have trouble logging in to this site as a WOLAS member, please contact our membership secretary, Martin Lewis, via the Contact Us page.
Coming Events/WOLAS News
–Sun motions simulator (referred to in Robin's talk in November 2012) is now a link in our Useful Links page (Miscellaneous).
– April 2013 Monthly Observing Slot submissions now added to Recent Observations Gallery
|Veil Nebula by David Arditti
|British Isles: Infrared satellite animation
Met Office Satellite picture for Europe. Visit the Met Office for more weather charts and information
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