SHA County Co-ordinator: Paul J. Whiting FRAS 




NIAS Star Dome

Mobile Planetarium, Frank Gear FRAS
IAU Registered Observatories

Observatory 456, located in Daventry

Observatory 498, located in Earls Barton

Astronomy Groups

Nene Valley Astronomical Society  (NVAS), founded 2009.  member meet regular for talk and observing at Chelveston Village Hall, Caldecott Road, Chelveston (NN9 5AT).

Northants Amateur Astronomers (NAA), founded (?).  Members now meet at Geddington Cricket Club, Queens Street,Geddington (NN14 1AZ).

Northamptonshire Natural History Society – Astronomy Section (NNHS), founded in 1957 following a lecture given by  NNHS  member, the Rev, Ruddy.  Members meet at the Humfrey Rooms at 10 Castilian  Terrace, Northampton (NN1 1LD).

Northampton Astronomical Society (NAS), fl. 2008, no longer appears active

Peterborough Astronomical Society (PeAS), meet monthly at Sacrewell Farm & Country center, Thornhaugh, Peterborough (PE8 6HJ).

Stanion Stargazers Club (SSC), founded 2014 – appears defunct

Associated Groups

BAA – Radio Astronomy Group

Northampton Philosophical Society (circa 1743) [“Science & Technology in the Industrial Revolution”, A.E Musson & E. Robinson. MUP 1969, pp382-383]

Authors, lecturers, broadcasters

William Cartwright (unknown)
[sponsor of John Bevis’s Uranographica Britannica, Manchester Astronomical Society]

Rev Dr Philip Doddridge FRS (1702 – 1751)
[sponsor of John Bevis’s Uranographica Britannica, Table 23 (Taurus), Manchester Astronomical Society]

Francis Goodwin (1562 – 1633)
Early author of books on spacefight (published posthumously 1638) ” The Man in the Moone, or a discourse of a Voyage thither” – concerning the adoption of the Copernicus system and principles of gravitation.

Geoffrey Perry MBE (1927 – 2000)
“A School Satellite Tracking Station as an Aid to the Teaching of Physics”
[1968 Physics Education 3 281-288]

Thomas Yeoman FRS (1704? – 1781)
experiments and lecture series from 1743-1747, first in Northampton then in Birmingham
[Northampton Mercury 1/12/1746, 16/2/1747, 23/3/1747]



Telescope/equipment manufacturers

XCam Ltd
Grove Farm
Northampton NN3 7TG

Useful addresses

Local History Centre

Northamptonshire Local Collection

Central Library,
Abington Street,

Local History Societies

Northamptonshire Association for Local History (NALH)

This site contains contact details of all the county local history societies affiliated to NALH

County Record Office

Northamptonshire County Record Office (NCRC)
Wootton Hall Park

Tel 01604 762129
Fax 01604 767562



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