A brief history of Crawley Astronomical Society
CAS was established in the early 1960s, encouraged by Patrick Moore who lived in East Grinstead at the time. The society welcomes anyone interested in stars, planets, galaxies, the universe and all the associated kit. Astronomy can be anything from looking at the night sky with a simple pair of binoculars to measuring the distances and atomic structure of stars from your back garden, or even studying for a PhD and making astronomy your profession, working with vast instruments on a Chilean mountain top.
We have approximately 25 current members who range from newer members just beginning to find their way around the night sky to members who have been observing the stars for many years and are keen to pass on their knowledge. Some of our members are keen astro-photographers, and that forms an important part of our activities. Some of their images are show-cased in the Gallery of this site.
We have recently acquired our own Observatory and are currently equipping this for use.
Our monthly meetings cover varying topics of astronomical interest and usually include a guest speaker. We also arrange observing events for members and non-members.