The society was originally formed around 1974/1975 by two employees (Brian Jones and Geoff Harnett) of The English Electric Company at Thornbury, Bradford. It was originally known as the Phoenix Astronomical Society, due to the fact that the early meetings were held at Phoenix Park Sports Club, Thornbury (the sports club being linked with English Electric and the name of the society having to reflect this association). The Phoenix Astronomical Society eventually changed its name to the Bradford Astronomical Society in October 1975.


We welcome everyone who has an interest in astronomy whether they are absolute beginners or are extremely knowledgeable. The annual subscription is £40 and the concessionary rate for under 18s and senior citizens is £25. There is no entrance fee to meetings for members but non-members pay £4. We currently have around 60 members.


The Society meets at 7:30pm on alternate Monday evenings throughout the year at Idle & Thackley Conservative Club, Malt Shovel Yard, Idle BD10 8QB. We pride ourselves in the quality of our speakers who are always either a professional or some well-known amateur. Occasionally we have a quiz or a members’ night when we get a chance to give short talks, discuss latest ideas or present our deep sky observations and photographs.


Observing is open to all BAS members, these are held on specific days at our observing site. Occasionally we do solar observing with the Society’s 8-inch telescope fitted with a Hydrogen Alpha filter or white light filter and a Coronado PST.


Early spring brings our observing weekend away in the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales. A group from our society is usually found at most of the astronomical conventions that are held around the country. We have a summer BBQ and at the end of the year we have our annual Christmas Dinner event.