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 new 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.

Find out more...

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.

2015 Meeting Programme

  • The full meeting programme is listed on the “Events” tab but alternatively is available here to download in the following download options.

    Download Programme Pamphlet

The April 2015 Meeting -
Please Note:
Change of Meeting Date from
2nd to 9th April

9th April 2015

How Magnetism Shapes the Cosmos

by Mike Haynes

taurusOne of the most significant and possibly unexpected discoveries in astronomy over the past 30 years or so is the role that magnetic fields play in the evolution of the Universe, from planets and stars to galaxies and beyond. Local Newspaper Report This talk looks at some of those discoveries and the ways in which they have influenced our understanding of the cosmic evolution.

The March 2015 Meeting

5th March 2015

Special Guest Speaker

Imaging Meteors

by Peter Meadows

taurusPeter will be explaining the methods he uses to image Meteors. Local Newspaper Report There will be many of examples of his work.

The February 2015 Meeting

5th February 2015

Astro-Imaging Without a Telescope

Part II

by David Pugh

taurusOur secretary David gives the second and final part of his talk on Astro-Imaging Without A Telescope. Local Newspaper Report This time he concentrates on explaining how to take longer and stacked DSLR images with a driven camera platform. His pictures range from telephoto shots of large nebulae to panoramic mosaics of the Milky Way. Not to be missed!

The January 2015 Meeting

8th January 2015

An Alternative/Chemist's View of Astronomy

by David Peachey

taurusAny discussion of astronomy tends to be biased towards physics and physical processes but what have chemists to say on the subject? Local Newspaper Report David plans to look at astronomy from a chemist's point of view.