19th June – Day-time Photography Workshop

On the 3rd Sunday, June 19th, at 7pm at the Discovery Room , Washington Wetlands Centre. Bring your cameras, your memory cards and laptops.

Distinguished photographer & SAS member Larry Bedigan will be doing a hands on tutorial on how to take better (day-time) photographs followed by an introduction to Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

  • Who: Larry Bedigan 
  • When: Sunday, June 19 at 7 pm.
  • Where: Discovery Room. Sunderland Astronomical Society, Washington.


  • SAS members:  free.
  • Non SAS members: Suggested society donation £3.

15th May: SAS Astrophotography Competition 2016

It is that time of the year again, the Sunderland Astronomical Society’s Astrophotography Competition will held on Sunday 15th May 2016, from 7:00 pm, where the best of our SAS astrophotography images will be displayed and voted on at this competition event.

Traditionally, this is our end-of-season meeting and consequently enjoys something of a more relaxed atmosphere.

This year there will be 2 categories on Solar System and Deep Sky,  and 3 skill levels: in beginner, intermediate and advanced, and a winner and runners-up photo will be voted on for each category & skill level.


Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life

21st February Lecture: Extra-Terrestrial Life: An evolutionary biologist’s view

For our 21st February Lecture, Professor  Wallace Arthur from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a volunteer at Kielder Observatory will be giving an evolutionary biologists view of possibilities of Extra-Terrestrial Life.

The rate of exoplanet discovery over the last 20 years has been incredible. But do any of these newly-discovered worlds act as a home for life?


15th – 16th January: Stargazing Live

In support of the BBC Two’s Stargazing Live shows on BBC2 on 12th to the 14th January 2016, Sunderland Astronomical Society and other invited Astronomical Society’s will be running our own Stargazing Live events on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th January 2016, from 6:30 pm.

Free Entry (Contributions to Society fundraising nonetheless welcomed).

Join local astronomers from across the North East for a fun night of assorted astronomical treats at the Cygnus Observatory at the WWT Washington Wetlands Centre.

Note: Parking is limited and once the car parks are full there will be no further admission to the event. 

25 years of Hubble

15th November Lecture: 25 years of Hubble

On the 15th November at 7 pm Washington Wetlands Centre Graham Darke from Sunderland Astronomical Society will be giving a talk celebrating 25 years of NASA’s Hubble telescope and its many achievements.

On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Earth with the Hubble Space Telescope nestled securely in its cargo bay.

The following day, Hubble telescope was released into space, ready to peer into the universe.

Since then, the Hubble telescope has reinvigorated and reshaped our perception of the cosmos and uncovered a universe where almost anything seems possible within the laws of physics.

All Access Mount

20 November: “All Access” Mount – Official Opening by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

On the 20th November we will be Honoured with the presence of Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson who will do the official opening ceremony of the new “all access” mount we have recent had built.

Please note: This is an SAS members and invited guests only night.

The SAS would like to thank Harry Herron and Dave Beedham who had the initial idea and took it all the way to CAD drawings.

Then the company who manufactured the mount and donated it to the club free of charge. They dont want publicity, so we are honouring their request.

The Newcastle Building Society who gave us a grant of £500 that helped us purchase the telescope. Paul Meade made such a good application to them they granted us the funds.

Josh at Cygnus Observatory

21st November – Fundraising event for 4th Washington cub scouts

This is a fundraising event for 4th Washington cub scouts who are a recently formed pack (and the one that Graham Dark’s son belongs to).

We are doing this as a favour to them to help them raise some funds.

They are coming along with parents and other family members.

There’s going to be a big group – up to 100 people in total from the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

The visit is from 6.00pm until 9.30pm on Saturday 21st November 2015.