making astronomy accessible to all


The Mid-Kent Astronomical Society (MKAS) was formed in 1976 by a small group of keen amateur astronomers. Today, the society has a very active membership of over 100 members from across North and Mid-Kent and some from East Kent.

The Mission of MKAS is to make Astronomy and related sciences accessible to everyone. Its aims are to promote interest in and enhance the study of astronomy in Kent, and to provide facilities for the study of astronomy for its members.

Additionally, MKAS promote and educate astronomy to the public and members. This is done through a wide variety of talks, events projects, and outreach activities. Talks are usually made very simple for everyone to understand, and are highly enjoyable.

The society is based in Bredhurst, Gillingham in Kent, and also has an Observatory in Canterbury, Kent.

Members come from many parts of Kent, predominantly in or around the Medway Towns and Maidstone. The society supports other groups and events across many parts of Kent.

Regular meetings are held on the second and last Fridays of each month, except during August and at Christmas, at Bredhurst Village Hall. On other Fridays, if weather allows, the society will open its Observatory in Canterbury for members and the public.

The society is very friendly and always willing to help those new to Astronomy, to show and explain how to use Telescopes, what and how to observe, and introduce a wide variety of topics across all aspects of Astronomy.

The society also have a number of projects, which members can get involved in, which are designed to be enjoyable and purely for personal interest and some are contributing to science.

MKAS also owns a very large research-grade 20 inch Grubb Parsons telescope, awarded by the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh in 2012. The society is working hard to raise the large pot of funds required to get it operational and installed in an observatory for use by members, researchers, other societies/groups and the public.


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» MKAS Events
» The James Irwin Observatory
» The Grubb Parsons GP20 Telescope

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