Mansfield & Sutton Astronomical Society
Welcome to the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society. We are a non-profit making registered charity dedicated to furthering interest in astronomy within the local community.
Public Open Evenings
During Autumn and Winter the society holds public open evenings once a month.
We do not hold open evenings during Spring and Summer because the night sky doesn't darken sufficiently.
For more information about our open evenings, including next Autumn and Winter dates please see our Public Open Evenings page.
Summer Solar Events
Instead of open evenings, during the Summer we will be holding a number of open events during the daytime, where visitors can enjoy safe views of the Sun through our specially filtered telescopes.
We have not yet set dates but details will be posted here, and on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.
"The Night Sky" Evening Course
The course run by the members of the Mansfield & Sutton Astronomical Society covers all aspects of modern astronomy, with a bias towards hands-on practical sessions whenever the weather permits.
For more details, or to register an interest in future courses, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The expansion of Ashfield and Mansfield over the years since our observatory opened has substantially reduced the quality of night sky viewing and MSAS has long been an advocate of keeping our skies as dark as possible. Astronomy is a popular pastime enjoyed by many local people and the members of our society but there are precious little dark sky sites in our locality.
We are supporters of the British Astronomical Association's Campaign For Dark Skies and the Peak District National Park Authority's Peak District Dark Skies project, and advise local business about efficient exterior lighting to reduce light pollution and save money and energy.
We have also campaigned against proposals for substantial housing development on greenbelt land near our observatory, and a large sand quarry within 3/4 mile of our site due to the impact we believed these would have on light pollution levels.
The society is pleased to count the 13th Astronomer Royal Professor Sir Francis Graham-Smith F.R.S. and Professor Michael R. Merrifield, from the University of Nottingham School of Physics and Astronomy as its patrons.
Professor Sir Francis Graham-Smith held the position of 13th Astronomer Royal from 1982 to 1990, and also officially opened the Sherwood Obervatory in 1986.
Mike Merrifield primarily studies the properties of nearby galaxies using telescopes at radio, infrared, optical and even X-ray wavelengths.
NG17 5LF, England
Telephone (+44) 01623 552276
Lat.: 53° 06' 50" N, Long.:01° 13' 20.7" W
Altitude above sea Level 187.9 m
The Mansfield & Sutton Astronomical Society is a
registered charity (No. 518183), devoted to promoting and advancing public education in astronomy.