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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2018 Meeting Programme

The December 2018 Meeting

6th December 2018

Astronomy Question Time -

Ask the Panel

by CDAA Members

voyagerIn recent months a box for written questions has been provided., Local Newspaper Report A panel of our more knowledgeable(?) members will try give sensible answers to a selection of those questions posed.

The November 2018 Meeting

1st November 2018

Where is Voyager

by Mike Haynes

voyagerTwo Voyager spacecraft were launched in 1977 to embark on a 'Tour of the Solar System'. Mike our Chairman, Local Newspaper Report will give an update on their current positions. Communication with at least one of them continues to this day and measurements are still being returned.

The October 2018 Meeting

7th October 2018

The CDAA Annual General Meeting

(expected to be mercifully short)

followed by

The Brightest Stars Part II

by David Pugh

milky wayOur secretary, David Pugh will complete the presentation given last year, Local Newspaper Report giving the final countdown to the brightest stars in the night sky.

The September 2018 Meeting

6th September 2018

Big Bang - The First Three Minutes

by Bob Leon

Big BangBob intends to discuss the first three minutes of the BIg Bang and the early stages in its evolution that have been defined. Local Newspaper Report From 'first principles' he hopes to show that the proprortions of Hydrogen to Helium that the theory predicts, agree with measurements taken.

No August Meeting

It has become our normal practice not to have a meeting in August

The July 2018 Meeting

5th July 2018

Special Guest Speaker

Hubble Space Telescope Planetary Images

by Jerry Workman

Hubble MarsAs the title suggests, our Special Guest Speaker Jerry Workman, will be presenting HST images of the planets of the Solar System Local Newspaper Report It should be an interesting and informative talk.

The June 2018 Meeting

7th June 2018

Journey to the Centre of the Galaxy Part II

by David Pugh

(suitable for beginners)

Towards the CentreOur Secretary David Pugh will complete the second part of his illustrated talk "Journey to the Centre of the Galaxy". Local Newspaper Report He will take us surprisingly close to the galactic centre with his own images before using the latest mainly infra-red and radio images from professional and orbiting observatories to home in on the super-massive black hole believed to lurk at the very heart of our galaxy.

The May 2018 Meeting

3rd May 2018

Journey to the Centre of the Galaxy Part I

by David Pugh

(suitable for beginners)

Towards the CentreOur Secretary David Pugh will give the first of a two part illustrated talk "Journey to the Centre of the Galaxy". He will take us on hopefully a fascinating 27,000 light year journey primarily through his own photographs taken using an Astrotrac tracking mount that he will demonstrate. Local Newspaper Report It will be topical as some of the objects on view can be seen from Clacton this summer from a good southern horizon.

The April 2018 Meeting
- Programme Change

5th April 2018

Special Guest Speaker

A Tale of Two Observatories

by Nik Szymanek

Deep SkyAn incorrect guess concerning the contents of this presentation meant that the description given was entirely wrong. Local Newspaper Report In fact Nik moved house and had to relocate his observatory to the new address. This somewhat involved process was the subject of his talk. Of couse, he included examples of images taken before and after the move.

The March 2018 Meeting

1st March 2018

Meeting Cancelled

Due to Adverse Weather Conditions

The February 2018 Meeting

1st February 2018

An Introduction to Deep Sky Object Observing

by David Pugh

(suitable for beginners)

Deep SkyIn David's presentation he will provide an introduction to observing Deep Sky Objects. Local Newspaper Report He will be explaining the various types of extended Deep Sky Objects such as star clusters, nebulae and galaxies, how to observe and image them and how to find some of the easier ones. To be included will be Messier and his famous objects catalogue. This talk is considered to be suitable for beginners and of general interest.

The January 2018 Meeting

4th January 2018

The Brian Cottis Memorial Lecture

The Cassini - Huygens Mission to Saturn

by Mike Haynes

(suitable for beginners)

CassiniHuygensIn this special Memorial Lecture where Brian would have endorsed the subject being given at a 'basic' level, Mike will present a summary of the Cassini - Huygens Mission to Saturn. Local Newspaper Report He will detail to mission goal, achievements and results