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.

2016 Meeting Programme

The March 2016 Meeting

3rd March 2016


Wanderers of the Solar System

by David Pugh

Hale BopOur Secretary David Pugh will give a fully illustrated talk about Comets. He will explain what Comets are and where they come from as well as presenting many wonderful Great Comets in history. Local Newspaper Report Finally David will show some of his images of Comets taken over many years and explains how he does it.

The February 2016 Meeting

4th February 2016

Asteroids and Us

by David Peachey

asteroidsDavid with his interests in both Geology and Chemistry Local Newspaper Report will probably talk about the Asteriods chemical composition and their similarity to similar materials found on Earth. Perhaps he may even mention the likelyhood and expense of Asteroid mining.

The January 2016 Meeting

7th January 2016

The Brian Cottis Memorial Lecture

Tour of the Cosmos

(Suitable for beginners)

by David Pugh

taurusIt was always a wish of Brian Cottis that some of our presentations given at the CDAA be at a basic level aimed at the beginner. Local Newspaper Report This first 'Brian Cottis Memorial Lecture' will be given by David Pugh. He plans to give us a Tour of the Cosmos using (for the most part) his own and other CDAA members astronomical images.