To inspire and encourage the interest and involvement in astronomy to the local Community.
Our club began as an informal meeting between like-minded amateur astronomers who simply wished to observe the stars. One night on Dartmoor soon turned into an agreement to start an astronomical society, and Callington Community Astronomy Group was formed shortly after.
Initially we all met in a small classroom in the grounds of Callington Community School. The room, which resembled a large shed, had little heating, a blackboard and an overhead projector. It was simple, but it met our needs at the time. We then moved on to a nearby portable cabin/classroom as our membership grew, until we were eventually moved into a room dedicated to astronomical teaching – the Callington Space Centre. Since then, we have moved to a new location in St. Dominick Parish Hall.
As a club, we have always tried to promote inclusion and want everyone, from amateurs to professionals, to feel welcome and a part of the club. It is this ethos that influenced the “community” part of our name. Even though we meet in St. Dominick, we decided not to change the name because we want to include Callington and the surrounding area (although guests are welcome from anywhere).
While we are a small club, we all share a passion for the sky and hope that you can join us for one of our monthly meetings. If you would like to become a member, feel free to email us or turn up to one of our meetings.
About Our Meetings
Meetings normally consist of:
• Current astronomical highlights.
• Presentation from the main speaker of the evening.
• Observing with a selection of club and member telescopes (weather permitting)
We welcome any level of experience, from complete beginner to professional astronomer.