Welcome to the website of PADAS, Preston and District Astronomical Society. We are a friendly group of active and not so active amateur astronomers from the Preston area. PADAS welcomes anyone with an interest in astronomy to come along to our regular meetings.

Anyone wishing more information should contact PADAS by e-mail at the following address:

Visit our Facebook page for the latest updates.

Visit our Facebook page here


Membership fees for 2023/24 are now due £20 (£15 concessionary) these can be paid in person at the next meeting or by PayPal (friends & family)

Next Meeting Thursday 13th June

Our speaker this evening will be Dr Keith Robinson, PADAS Vice President with a talk titled “The road to imaging the brightest object in the Universe”

PADAS meet on the second Thursday of each month throughout the year, with the exception of the December meeting. Meetings start at 7:30pm and finish around 9:30pm at Deepdale Labour Social & Bowling Club, 287 Skeffington Road, Preston PR1 6RX,

Find us on Google maps – here.

See PADAS News page for latest events!

– See PADAS Meeting Diary

Public Outreach Events

PADAS Public Open Nights are regularly held on the third Thursday of each month. Observations are weather dependent, check the latest updates on our Facebook page. They are at the Jeremiah Horrocks Observatory, on Moor Park, Moor Park, Blackpool Road, Preston, PR2 3AE. Closest parking is Garstange Road or Moor Park Avenue

 : Find us on Google Maps!

Bespoke Outreach Events

PADAS members are happy to arrange bespoke visits to the Jeremiah Horrocks Observatory for groups such as Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts and school groups. For talks and observation sessions, weather dependant. We are also available to come to your meetings or schools for talks. Get in touch to find out how we can help. See some of the things we have been involved in recently here