Welcome to the CDAA

Welcome to the Clacton and District Astronomical Association web site. We are a small informal group, meeting on the first Thursday of the month. CDAA is the only Astronomical Society serving the Tendring and Colchester districts.

Monthly Meetings

These meetings are held at "Christ Church United Reform Church" Carnarvan Road, Clacton-on-Sea at 7.30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month (except August). The meetings conclude at 9.45 p.m. Find our Meeting Hall

In addition to the main events, there are also Monthly 'Night Sky' , 'Astro-News' presentations, Seasonal Constellations and a regular raffle.

We are a friendly bunch of amateurs where new members and visitors are always warmly welcomed. Annual membership is currently £15 adults, £6 juniors (under 18 years of age). This covers admission to all of the monthly meetings

Please note that although visitors are very welcome, they are charged an entry fee of £2.00


As part of the lottery funded 'Outreach' programme, we offer speakers for local clubs, societies and schools. A small fee may be required to cover travel expences etc. Click the 'Contacts' tab to get in touch with an appropriate representative of our society. Outreach activities are outlined by clicking the 'Events' tab.

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Our club secretary David Pugh, should be able to answer most queries about the Association itself, whereas I, Bob Leon can answer questions relating to the web site.

Data Protection Declaration Details

Please note that information given by members to the CDAA (such as email addresses) will not be used for any other purpose than that of providing a means of contact.

Astronomy News Headlines

Headlines taken from the Press this month

2020 Provisional Meeting Programme

Due to the Corona Virus crisis all future meetings will be postponed.

We will re-schedule and hope to resume in September.

The April 2020 Meeting - POSTPONED

2nd April 2020

Catching Photons from Across the Universe by David Pugh

telescopeDavid as one our observational astronomers, has a large collection of photographic images that he has taken over the years. This presentation gives members a chance to see some his latest ones.

The March 2020 Meeting

5th March 2020

Looking for the Big Bang by Mike Haynes

voyagerThe Big Bang is the generally accepted theory of how the Universe developed. This talk looks at how this theory arose and how seems to fit with current observational evidence. It also briefly discusses ways in which his theory could be further tested in the future.

The February 2020 Meeting

6th February 2020

A Passion for Astronomy Books by David Pugh

voyagerAs something very different, our Secretary David Pugh will be giving an illustrated talk “A Passion for Astronomy Books”. He will describe some of the astronomical literature that has most influenced his passion for Astronomy from his very first interest at age six through to new publications in the present day. David also hopes to bring a couple of crates full of some of his collection for members to look at during the break

The January 2020 Meeting

2nd January 2020

Brian Cottis Memorial Lecture

Astronomy Though the Alphabet' by Mike Haynes

voyagerThis talk by Mike looks at different astronomical events, objects and technologies, one for each letter of the alphabet. Hopefully a few will be unusual, novel or unexpected.