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

Outreach

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.

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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.

2024 Provisional Meeting Programme

The March 2024 Meeting

7th March

Special Guest Speaker


Monsters in the Dark


by Dr. Mathew Bothwell

Black HoleThis will be the second time that Dr Bothwell has given us a presentation. On this occasion the full title is 'Monsters in the Dark - Searching for the Universe's mose extreme Galaxies'. It is now known that Black Holes lurk in the center of most, if not all galaxies. However, the galaxies themselves can be varied in the extreme. Matt will present many examples and discuss their unusual features.

The February 2024 Meeting

1st February

The Brian Cottis Memorial Presentation


The Lives of Stars


by Mike Haynes

Telescope cartoonOur Chairman, Mike Hayes, will give this years 'Brian Cottis Memorial Presentation' in memory of our past treasurer 'Brian Cottis'. He will give a comprehensive story of the lives of stars. The night sky presents many stars that are at different stages of their lives. Astronomers have pieced together the sequence of their lives from Birth to Death.

The January 2024 Meeting

4th January

William Herschel


by David Pugh

Telescope cartoonDavid will give a comprehensive account of the life and times of William Herschel. It will detail his achievements and discoveries using telescopes that he made himself. He carried out systematic surveys of the northern night skies with the help of his sister Caroline.