Welcome to the Cockermouth Astronomical Society website. Hopefully you'll find all the information you need about our society and astronomy in West Cumbria here. If not contact us.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We meet in Cockermouth on a monthly basis. Meetings are friendly and informative, and everyone is welcome. All your questions are answered below. If you want to see what we’ve been up to recently check out our meeting reports. See also details of our regular observing events.
Where does the Society meet ?
We meet in St. Joseph's Church Parish Hall, Cockermouth. The Hall stands beside St. Joseph's RC church, which can be found between the Kingfisher public house and the famous Trout Hotel on the Workington side of Cockermouth. See directions or download a society factsheet with map.
When does the Society Meet ?
We meet on the final Tuesday of every calendar month, except for December when we hold a social event earlier in the month. Meetings begin at 7.30pm and finish at around 9.30pm. See our calendar for individual events.
How is the Society structured ?
We have a basic committee consisting of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and 3 or 4 other members. Everyone is a volunteer, and elections for our committee members are made at our Annual General Meeting, usually held in April each year.
What happens at meetings ?
Meetings are very informal, and usually comprise two or more short illustrated talks, usually given by members but sometimes by guest speakers, with time set aside for group discussion. There is a short break with refreshments mid-way through the meeting to allow members to chat with others about their own interests. Most meetings begin with a News Round-Up, followed by Society News and brief reports from committee members. See our Meeting Reports section for details of what we’ve been up to recently.
Who can join the society ?
Anyone! Absolutely anyone. Our doors are open to everyone, of any age and level of experience!
What kind of people are in the society ?
Although we have a respectable number of experienced and enthusiastic observers among our ranks, many CAS members are "absolute beginners" just starting to become acquainted with the wonders of the night sky. Some of our members don't even use binoculars yet. At the other end of the "spectrum" we have several keen and accomplished astro-photographers - people who take pictures of the night sky, some of which have featured in astronomy magazines.
Many CAS members are keen computer users, and we have a reguarly updated 'blog' which provides links to current astronomy and space exploration news items as well as
How much does membership cost ?
We have a flexible membership scheme with two options; you can pay up front for the full year to become a "Full Member", or pay for the meetings you attend as an "Associate Member". Full Membership is £15 for adults or £5 for children (under 16). Full Members have full access to borrow society library books and equipment. Associate Members pay £1.50 per meeting (£2 if there is an external guest speaker) or 50p for children.