M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy by Rob976


The Preseli Astronomy Group was formed in October 2010 after the demise of the 'West Wales Astronomy Group'. Since September 2012 we have been based at Letterston Memorial Hall, meeting on the first Tuesday of every month (except August).  From an initial gathering of 6 individuals our monthly meetings regularly draw an audience of 30+. 

In January 2012 the group was formalised with the adoption of a constitution and the formation of committee:

Jim Paterson
Chairman.  contact: chairman@preseliastronomygroup.org.uk
Secretary / Child Protection Officer.
Mike Pritchard
 Website / Forum - contact: info@preseliastronomygroup.org.uk
Phil Kingdom
 Membership Secretary / Internal Auditor.
Richard Davies
 Treasurer / Events / D. P.  contact: richard@preseliastronomygroup.org.uk
Kim Gowney

At the same time the group successfully applied for membership of the Federation of Astronomical Societies (Fedastro). For many years, up to October 2017, our website/forum manager, Mike Pritchard, served on the FedAstro council as membership secretary. Later that same year, in April 2012 the group secured a 'Big Lottery Grant'. This money, together with donations from the committee, enabled us to purchase several scopes and other equipment to assist us in the delivery of our monthly lectures, solar events and observation evenings.

The monthly meeting schedule is arranged by and for members - any member is welcome to contribute. Do let the Chairman know of your intention!! This allows us to keep our costs down and build to the future. Our current aim is to secure an observatory. 


1 Title The Group shall be known as The Preseli Astronomy Group, hereafter called 'the Group'.

2 Objectives a) To help, encourage and educate all who have an interest in Astronomy to acquire knowledge of Astronomy and allied subjects. b) To encourage observational and practical work within the power and means of the members.

3 Membership a) Membership of the Group shall be open to any person, of any age, who expresses, in writing, a desire to join. b) Those 18 years and under membership needs approval by a Parent/Guardian.

4 Conditions of Membership a) Members must confirm membership by October 1st of each year by completion of a renewal form. b) The Committee of the Group may at their discretion refuse an application for membership or suspend or cancel the membership of any person; that person or another member may appeal in writing against the decision within 28 days. Such an appeal shall be heard at the following committee meeting.

5 Donations a) Annual Membership of the Group is 15 for individuals & 20 for families. b) Members are invited to make voluntary contributions to the Group's funds.

6 The Committee

a) The management of the Group shall be vested in a governing body called the Committee.

b) The Committee shall consist of a Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, and up to three other members.

c) The Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary are to be appointed or reappointed by the Committee after the officer has held the post for two years, or less if desired by the member holding the post.

d) The Committee shall have the power to co-opt a member to fill any vacancy which occurs.

e) The Committee may invite a member or members to a committee meeting. Such members shall have no voting rights at the meeting

7 Annual General Meeting

a) The Annual General Meeting shall, except where the Committee may otherwise decide, be held during November each year.

b) The Committee shall publish a notice of the Annual General Meeting at least 28 days before the date thereof, giving the date, place, time and agenda of the meeting.

c) A member may request that additional items be added to the agenda by giving written notice to the Secretary, supported by two other members, at least 14 days before the date of the meeting.

d) The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be to receive the reports of the officers; to receive and adopt the accounts of the Society for the year ended August 31st previous; to announce the names of the Committee for the following two years; and to conduct other business requiring the decision of the Annual General Meeting.

8 Extraordinary General Meeting An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Group may be summoned at any time by the Committee.

9 Dissolution If upon the Group being terminated or dissolved there remains after satisfactory settlement of its debts and liabilities any money or property, the same shall be paid or transferred to a charity with the same or similar objects to those of the Group.

Updated 29/08/2017


As a result of our fund raising efforts and a National Lottery grant we have acquired the following items:

  • Coronado Solarmax II 60mm double stack solar telescope.
  • EQ6 Synscan mount and Tripod.
  • Sky-Watcher 300PDS OTA.
  • Sky-Watcher Evostar 80.
  • Sky-Watcher SynScan AZ goto mount.
  • Laser collimator.
  • Eyepiece set .
  • Opticstar SL131 CCD camera.
  • Packard Bell Easynote TS laptop.
  • Acer X110P projector.
  • 86" Projector Screen.
  • Display boards.

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Membership form (print off)