And the winners are

And the winners are :-

The winners of the GP20 raffle are:-

1st prize £100 , ticket 1060 - Mr Owen from Maidstone

2nd prize, Revelation 15x70 binoculars, ticket  1230 - Sarah Stride from Rainham

3rd prize, Six bottles of wine, ticket 1236 - Adam Simpson from Vigo 

4th prize, A vineyard tour and tasting for two, ticket 703 - Mr and Mrs Hayes from Maidstone

5th prize, A year's subscription to Astronomy Now magazine, ticket 1563 - Allan Whitehead, from Sittingbourne.

6th prize, Signed copy of The New Astronomy Guide, ticket 127 - Will Hughes from Cuxton

7th prize, A year's subscription to The Society of Popular Astronomy, ticket 727 - Mick Potter

8th prize, An Altair ED x 2 Barlow, ticket 436 - Bob Tollervey from Sittingbourne

9th prize, A signed copy of The Sensorium of God, ticket 821 - Trish Martin

10th prize,  A signe copy of an Astronomer's Notebook, ticket 402 -  Kathyrin


We are very grateful to all of the individuals and organisations that donated the prizes and to everyone who purchased raffle tickets.

Graham Finch

AGM and GP20 raffle draw

The GP20 raffle draw will take place at the AGM on Friday 28th March. All ticket stubs and money must be returned in time for the draw at 2100hrs. Any stubs not returned, or any returned without payment will not be entered!

We have some great prizes, so don't miss out!


"From a galaxy far far away" - the MKAS GP20 raffle

Coming to you  "From a galaxy far far away"  ----- the MKAS GP20 raffle.

Yes, raffle tickets, costing only £1 each, are now available for our first ever public raffle which has some fantastic prizes! Don't miss out. Each winner will get the chance to be one of the first people to look through the GP20 scope when it is installed and working.

Read more: "From a galaxy far far away" - the MKAS GP20 raffle

Slot repair

Much needed repairs carried out

Last month we at last carried out the long overdue repair to the dome slot cover and clean of the dome at the Canterbury Observatory. The cover had been proving harder and harder to open and close on each observing session and it was causing concern that one night it would jam open.  obo

Read more: Slot repair

Tony Cronin awards -MKAS rewards young astronomers

Society rewards young astronomers.

On Friday 27th September the Society was proud and honoured to welcome Emma Cronin, her son Edward and other close members of the family to present the Tony Cronin Young Astronomer awards in memory of the late Tony Cronin, a very popular member of our Society, who died at a young age.

We presented awards in two categories - an under 14 category and a 14 - 18 years of age category.

Read more: Tony Cronin awards -MKAS rewards young astronomers

Safeguarding Policy

New Safeguarding Policy

The Society warmly welcomes everyone to our events but in the light of recent headlines we feel it is is absolutely vital to state our commitment to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults.

If you have any questions regarding safeguarding or wish to report a concern or incident then please contact our Child Protection Officers Will Hughes and Sarah Watson by email at

Read more: Safeguarding Policy

Anti-Spam at Mid-Kent Astro

Getting bounced due to spamming??

We have recently upgraded our website to take out some of the spam registration attempts that are becoming more frequent.

Read more: Anti-Spam at Mid-Kent Astro

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Next Bredhurst meeting

Friday 25th April

Gavin Lacey - Imaging Day and Night Part 2a Night (Moon)

Doors open at 7:45pm, meeting starts at 8pm.

Bredhurst Village Hall

(Follow link for location)

 Next Observing Session:

Friday 2nd May

To be advised by 7:30pm on the night

Observing status can be found in the forum, under the Observing Forum category by 19:30 on the evening of the session. The location of the meeting place can be found at the bottom of the "Events" page.  Members of the public are very welcome to our observing sessions, meet at the location below.



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