Join North Essex Astronomical Society!

We are one of the larger astronomical societies in the UK with over 200 members. We are also one of the few providing members with access to a full-sized observatory at a dark-sky location. Our members range from beginners, armchair astronomers, visual observers to keen astrophotographers. We are open to all and cover a wide range of interests, knowledge, skills and abilities. Some members are more active than others, but everyone is welcome.

Join Us / RenewOur aim is to be a social and friendly group, catering for anybody with an interest in astronomy – so don’t be scared off if you consider yourself a beginner: everyone is at some point!

If you’ve never been to one of our meetings, you may wish to come along before joining: you can get to meet everyone first, find out what we’re about, and then you will be in a better position to make a decision on becoming a member. We welcome anyone to our public lectures or public stargazing sessions.

Membership Fees

Our annual membership fees are £26 per person, £36 per couple/family, £11 for student/junior.

NB The student/junior membership is available for people aged 14 and above and for full time students. If you are between 14 and 18 you must have a parent or guardian accompany you at all times. If you need to bring more than one adult and/or other family members then you will need to take out a family membership. This membership requires approval before it can be taken out so once you have completed the application form it will be reviewed and we will contact you to confirm it is the correct membership for you.

Membership runs for a full twelve months from the date of joining. Our membership system will remind you when you need to renew and also allows you to update your details at any time.

Membership entitles you to:

  • access to and full use of our observatory dark site and telescopes
  • our monthly Pulsar e-magazine and other email updates about activities and events
  • reduced door charge for public meetings
  • observing sessions and workshops
  • helping out at our many public and private outreach events
  • members-only events, meetings, activities, informal trips to the pub and organised meals and curry nights

The £11 Junior Membership  also entitles the Junior member to free entry to all public meetings for under 16 years olds (although you must be accompanied by an adult).

How to Join

Join Us / RenewTo join click the Join Us / Renew button. (If for any reason you encounter problems displaying the membership form, please go directly to our secure MemberMojo Membership Page and fill out our secure online form there instead).

Ways you can pay:

  • Securely online by Credit/Debit card via PayPal (you don’t need a PayPal account).
  • Securely online using funds from your PayPal account if you have one.
  • By Bank Transfer if you use online banking. Our bank payment details will be provided as part of the sign-up process.

You will receive your membership welcome pack by email once your payment has been received and processed.

Important Documents

The Society has a number of important documents that people should read before joining.

They are:

  1. Constitution
  2. Codes of Conduct for General Members and Committee members
  3. Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy
  4. Data Privacy Statement

All documents are available on our Membership Documents page.


For further information, please get in touch, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Please remember that the society is run by volunteers and while we aim to get back to you quickly, we all have real jobs too.