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About ASE

The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh (ASE) has been holding meetings in Edinburgh to inform members and the general public about astronomy since 1924. We meet monthly, usually on the first Friday of the month at 8pm, and are always happy to see new faces at our meetings.

The Society holds lecture meetings throughout the year - normally the first Friday of each month. Members and beginners of all ages are encouraged to participate in the Society's activities.

Imaging Group

The ASE Imaging Group re-formed in February 2010 and is open to all members of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh, from complete novices to seasoned astronomers. Its main aim is to provide an informal and social setting for members to enjoy the hobby, and to learn from the knowledge and experience of others.

Meetings are held at Juniper Green. If the weather is clear and the sky dark we can adjourn to a nearby park to observe and make use of our imaging equipment.

Pictures are passed around and discussions can be held in a Flickr group, which is viewable by the public.


Anyone interested in astronomy is eligible for membership. There are no entry requirements and we try to have some of our meetings suitable for beginners to astronomy. Our meetings are normally open to non-members so please feel free to come to a meeting or two before deciding if you want to join us as a member. People interested in joining the Society are invited to speak to the President or one of the other Officers at a meeting.

Application forms and further information may be obtained at meetings or from the Secretary. Or you may wish to print out the Adobe PDF application form (146k)


The annual subscription is payable on the 1st of October, the rate being determined by the Council. Subscriptions may be paid by Standing Order to the Society's bank account, or by cash or cheque to the Treasurer. Standing order details may be obtained from the Treasurer.

Subscription rates as of 17 February 2012
    Full subscription Concessionary rate
Members renewing,
for period October to September
(12 months)
  £25.00 £12.00
New applications before the end
of March, for period to September
(6 to 12 months)
  £25.00 £12.00
New applications after the start of
April, for period to September of the
following year (12 to 18 months)
  £25.00 £12.00
    The concessionary rate applies to
Junior members (under 18), pensioners,
students and unwaged persons.


Members must agree to abide by the Constitution of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh.

The Society is a registered Scottish Charity SC022968. The charitable object is to advance the education of the public about the science of astronomy and to promote astronomical research chiefly in Edinburgh and its neighbourhood. In furtherance thereof:


Honorary Presidents

Prof. Andrew Lawrence BSc PhD FRSE FRAS
Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh

Prof. John Brown BSc PhD DSc FRSE FRAS
Astronomer Royal for Scotland


Andrew Farrow
6 Matthews Drive, Newtongrange, EH22 4DE
Telephone: 07712 836 318
E-Mail: < president @ astronomyedinburgh.org >


Peter Black
Andrew Mackie


Seán Wixted
16/7 Salamander Street, Edinburgh, EH6 7HR
Telephone: 07771 866 287
E-Mail: < secretary @ astronomyedinburgh.org >


Alan Ellis
10 Greenbank Gdns, Edinburgh, EH10 5SL
Telephone: 0131 447 9968
E-Mail: < treasurer @ astronomyedinburgh.org >


David Archibald
Carl Dennis
Geraldine Dennis
Jim Nisbet
Mark Phillips
Hugh Somerville


Past Presidents

Lorimer medal

The Lorimer Medal of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh is awarded from time to time for meritorious work in diffusing the knowledge of Astronomy among the general public. It was established in memory of one of our Past Vice-Presidents, Mr John Henry Lorimer, RSA, who left the Society a substantial sum of money when he died in 1936.

City Observatory

The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh had the use of the City Observatory from 1938 to 2008, and had met regularly at the Calton Hill since 1953. Unfortunately, in the years leading up to our departure, vandalism had caused so much damage to the buildings and fittings that we had to recognise that the site was no longer usable.

It is with great reluctance that the Council of the Society took the decision to move our meetings and to remove all our property. We hope that the City of Edinburgh Council will manage to restore the site to something approaching its earlier glory when it was quite rightly awarded Listed status and that the Society may, some day, have renewed access to what was once one of the country's premier civic observatories.

The Society produced a short Guide to the City Observatory which is available on-line.