Weekly Meetings

When and Where?

Weekly public meetings are held every Wednesday evening (except at Christmas week), between 19:00 (7 PM) and 21:00 (9 PM) in the Liverpool Astronomical Society’s Leighton Observatory,
Pex Hill,
near Widnes,
. Maps can be obtained by clicking on the name and/or address to the left.

Please note: Voluntary COVID precautions will still be in place including restrictions to the numbers inside the building.

What happens at the Wednesday meetings?

More details are below (see the “Outdoors” and “Indoors” sections) however to summarise it, in good weather, practical observing with telescopes takes place outdoors and from the main observatory room. If you prefer a sit-down lecture/presentation style of meeting, you may prefer our Monthly Meetings.

Can My Children Attend on a Wednesday Evening?

We do not recommend that under-14s attend on Wednesday evenings as it can get extremely busy, and some may find it a little overwhelming. We do run a monthly Young Astronomers’ club from autumn to spring, which you can find details of here.

That said, we understand that Wednesday might be the only possible evening that your child can attend, so you can bring them along with the understanding that we may not be able to give them as much attention as at the dedicated Young Astronomers’ club.

Please note: No matter which day/evening your child attends, they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Regular Attendance

While we do welcome members of the public, we do ask you to consider that, since everything is paid for from our Membership subscriptions, if you find yourself attending a Weekly meeting more than 3 times, or a Monthly meeting more than twice, you might consider joining the LAS (the cost is minimal and there are a lot of benefits).


If the weather is suitable, LAS Members present will often have their telescopes and binoculars and members of the public will be able to view astronomical objects such as stars, the Moon, Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, etc. Don’t forget that the objects which are visible in the sky change throughout the year, so you may not get a chance to see the particular object you were hoping for, however, assuming clear skies, there is always something interesting to have a look at, and maybe even a comet if we’re lucky!


Inside the building, in good weather and bad, there will be conversations and discussions taking place. We don’t tend to have arranged presentations at these public meetings however there is planetarium software, astronomical images (many of them taken by our members), etc.

So good weather or bad, feel free to pop along!
Whether you’re a complete beginner or a professional astronomer, or just interested, we welcome you.
Perhaps you’ve recently bought a telescope but don’t know how to set it up or get the best from it – bring it along with you (if it’s portable enough!) and somebody will be happy to help you. If it’s too big to bring along, write down the manufacturer and model number, and maybe a couple of photos if possible, and if it’s a telescope we’re familiar with we may still be able to advise.

If you have any questions about our public Weekly Meetings, please contact the Director of the Observatory.

The observatory is also available exclusively to LAS Members at other times of the week – please contact the Director of the Observatory for more information.

Leighton Observatory in snow, January 9th 2010

Leighton Observatory in snow, January 9th 2010