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.

2018 Meeting Programme

The April 2018 Meeting
- Programme Change

5th April 2018

Special Guest Speaker

A Tale of Two Observatories

by Nik Szymanek

Deep SkyIn a previous presentation Nik spoke in passing, about seting up a robotic observatory Local Newspaper Report It is assumed that there have been further developments regarding this. Such an enerprise is far from a trivial matter and he will presumably tell us of his latest exploits. No doubt, the presentation will include an array of his latest,always amazing, astronomical images.

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