Observing events

Next public observing session is  31 March–2 April

We will be holding public observing sessions in support of BBC2's Stargazing Live* at Ruislip Lido on Friday 31 March, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April 2017 between 8 pm and 10 pm each evening . Admission is free, and all are welcome!

 The crescent Moon will be on view so you can study its craters as if you were flying over the surface!  We'll also be able to see the famous Seven Sisters star cluster and the Orion Nebula, and maybe even a galaxy or two. 

To help you know what telescopes are looking at we will place a white light under telescopes pointing at the Moon.  If weather permits looking at stars or galaxies operators will wear yellow or red armbands respectively.  Just remember when you change telescope to change colour as well!

Admission to the event is free of charge. Bring your family and friends. Members of WOLAS will be on hand with a variety of telescopes and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Don’t forget to wear warm clothing and bring a torch. Please switch it off when asked to. To prevent dazzling observers please limit the brightness of your torch once past the tea room to your phone’s light or equivalent.

On nights when observing is possible the Turntable tea room will be open for refreshments, courtesy of the Lido Railway. Toilets are also available.

In the event of poor weather the event will be cancelled, but please check the home page of this website on the night if you are unsure.

* Stargazing Live will be on your screens on  28–30 March.

How to get there

Ruislip Lido is off Bury Street, and access is via Reservoir Road, HA4 7TY. Park at the car park at the end of Reservoir Road and be prepared to walk about 200 m along the well-surfaced road to our observing site, which is accessible to wheelchairs. The road is unlit so you may need a torch.

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WOLAS Members' Weekend Observing trips

Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 Wolas Observing Trip will again be to our favourite location of  Llanerchindda Farm in Mid-Wales and will be over the weekend of  Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May- which is the May Bank Holiday weekend.  More details will be announced nearer the date.

Previous Trips

See links below for information and picture galleries for previous observing weekends in the UK and abroad;

Previous WOLAS Weekend Trips
Observing Trips Galleries

Members’ Trips

You can also view some pictures taken on individual observing trips taken by members.

Members’ Trips Galleries