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.

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Astronomy News Headlines

Headlines taken from the Press this month

2022 Meeting Programme

The September 2022 Meeting

1st September 2022

Special Guest Speaker

Pluto and the Outer Solar System

by Dr Mike Leggett

PlutoDr Leggett has given a presentation to the club in the recent past and we are fortunate to have him here again. On this occasion he will present the latest information and images gleened from the 'New Horizons' probe that flew past the dwarf planet Pluto a few years ago.



As is our normal practice at this time of year:

There is no meeting this month

The July 2022 Meeting

7th July 2022

Special Guest Speaker

The Apollo Missions

by Jerry Workman

apolloJerry Workman has been a guest speaker at the CDAA for a number of years now. On this occasion he will give a review of the NASA Apollo Missions. For the younger generation this will be ancient history but for many of us it will be a trip down mwmory lane. It is quite possible and very likely that we will learn something new.

The June 2022 Meeting

2nd June 2022

Exploring the Summer Triangle

by David Pugh

summertriangleFor the June 2nd meeting our Secretary David Pugh will be giving an illustrated talk "Exploring the Summer Triangle". He will show images that he has taken of many interesting objects within the constellations making up the Summer Triangle, many of which the audience can view themselves with a telescope or binoculars during the summer months and early autumn.

The May 2022 Meeting

5th May 2022

Latest Astronomy News

by Mike Haynes

hubble imageOur Chairman Mike Haynes will be presenting the latest up-to-date astronomy news gleaned from various sources.

The April 2022 Meeting

7th April 2022

Astronomy During Lockdown

by David Pugh

exoplanetOn Thursday April 7th our secretary David Pugh will give an illustrated talk explaining how Astronomy helped him to stay sane and occupied through the Covid Lockdown. This will include some of his astro photos taken during that period, including the unexpectedly spectacular brightest comet (Neowise) for over 20 years, as well as a variety of other astronomical pursuits.

The March 2022 Meeting

3rd March 2022

Assuming that there are no new restrictions with regard to Covid-19, this meeting will be held at the Church Hall. All members and guests welcome.

Special Guest Speaker

Strange New Worlds:

Searching for Earth 2.0

by Dr. Matt Bothwell

exoplanetOur Special Guest Speaker will present the latest information with regards to exoplanets and in particular the search for earthlike planets

The February 2022 Meeting

3rd February 2022

newGiven the lifting of restrictions with regard to Covid-19, this meeting will be held at the Church Hall. All members and guests welcome.

Catching More Photons From the Night Sky

by David Pugh

cartoonDavid will present more of his own astronomical images taken in recent months. The instrumentation and techniques on how the images were produced will also be given.

Due to the high transmission rate of the 'Omicron' variant, the committee have decided to cancel the January meeting at the Church Hall. It will take place instead, on 'ZOOM'.

If you haven't received details about how to join any of the 'Zoom' meetings, please contact our Chairman Mike Haynes. A decision about meetings in future months will be taken as necessary and you will be informed.

The January 2022 Meeting

6th January 2022

The Brian Cottis Memoriall Lecture

Advances in 21st Century Astronomy

by Mike Haynes,

HSTMike Haynes will be presenting a review of the Advances made in 21st Century Astronomy - in essence, 'What we have learnt and how we have learnt it'.