Welcome to Thanet Astronomy Group

Beginners Guide to Stargazing Course 2017

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Please Note : This course is for absolute beginners, is in plain English and requires no previous knowledge or equipment.

If you are interested in this

- Amazing Four Part Stargazing Course -

and free entry to two of our group meetings

See the Courses page for more details and the Contact page to book the course.

Basic Stargazing
The Stars and the Location create the Magic.

Dates :

Part 1 Wednesday 25th January 2017

Astronomy Meeting Wednesday 1st February 2017

Part 2 Wednesday 8th February 2017

Part 3 Wednesday 15th February 2017

Part 4 Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Astronomy Meeting Wednesday 1st March 2017

Time :

All parts of the course and the two astronomy meetings start at 7:30pm

Location :

The West Bay Cafe, Sea Road, Westgate-on-sea. CT8 8QA.

See the Location map page for directions.

Ticket Prices :

All four parts of the course and entry to the two astronomy meetings Only £15 Members or £20 Non Members. For all parts!

What people say about the course.

"I have learnt so much more on these courses than I could ever learn by reading books as I prefer the visual side of learning which I can now use by reading the books and learning more. Thank you!" : Sid.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed all 4 courses. I knew nothing before I started and now know enough to get me started and continue searching the night sky. Thanks for setting up Thanet Astronomy Group!" : Rita.

This Four Part Stargazing Course is designed to give you the knowledge you need to become a confident stargazer.


We've just celebrated our 3rd anniversary at West Bay Cafe

We held a social evening at our monthly meeting and the skies were very clear so we were able to set up telescopes to observe the Moon, Saturn and Mars. We were also able to see lots of constellations and put into practice the star-hopping George Ward has been teaching us.

If you are interested in stargazing or astronomy and would like to come along and have a chat, we run a free public outreach drop in meeting at the West Bay Cafe every Saturday afternoon between 1pm and 4pm.

If the weather is bad you may find us inside the Cafe but if the Sun decides to shine, we will have our telescopes set up, hopefully observing sunspots, but also looking out at sea at the windfarm, the pier head at Herne Bay, and if it is very clear the World War 2 sea forts, the Isle of Sheppey and the Isle of Grain may be visible.

See our Location Page for a detailed map of how to find us.

In the meantime why not look at our monthly newsletters.

Also, we have found some interesting news articles for you to have a look at.

Juno probe returns close-up Jupiter pictures.

For more information click here

Philae: Lost comet lander is found

For more information click here

'Enterprise' nebulae seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

For more information click here



To become a member of the Thanet Astronomy Group See the Members page.

All the details you need are there including a download link for a copy of our constitution and the membership application form.


JAC & GILL Club.

JAC & GILL Club First Meeting West Bay Cafe Sat 11 04 2014.

Following the runaway success of the main Thanet Astronomy Group, we now have many families with children that are also very interested in astronomy.

Therefore, we have set up the JAC & Gill club for our younger (5 to 17 years) enthusiasts.

The JAC & Gill Club meet every Saturday 3:00pm to 4:00pm at the West Bay Cafe during the Free adults meeting.

For more information see the JAC & Gill Club page.


Your Comments:

See the Your Comments page

Email your comments to us, the email address in on the contacts page.

We have added a page to the site so you can put short comments about what's happening at Thanet Astronomy Group. To help give people a better idea of what we do. If you have a comment you would like to add then let us know.

Star Comment

Supporting the Brownies with their Stargazing Badge

11 July 2014

Awesome...Thank you so much! Looking forward to putting it all into practice with the Brownies!

Name : Brown Owl ...8th Ramsgate East Brownies ...


Free Public Meetings Every Saturday

Thanet Astronomy Group holds a FREE daytime public meeting.

When do we meet.

Every Saturday come rain or sunshine. It is a drop in meeting between 1-4pm.

Where do we meet.

The West Bay Cafe, Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. CT8 8QA. If the weather is good we will be outside the cafe with several telescopes talking to people about astronomy. If the weather is bad then we will be inside the cafe talking to people about astronomy.

We hold this meeting in the day time, for several important reasons...

First :- This meeting is to enable people that are new to Stargazing or Astronomy to have a friendly informal chat to their local astronomy group.

Second :- We have found that if you want to learn how to use a telescope it's a lot easer if you can see what you are doing in daylight rather than in the dark.

Third :- Some people ask how can you do astronomy in the day ? Then we show them the Sun, Sun Spots, The Moon and even look at the planet Venus. There are also many other things to look at, the wind farm, WW2 sea forts, Ships, Wild life, Cormorants fishing and then sunning to dry their wings.

Meeting at the West Bay Cafe - Sat 11 01 2014.

We are an astronomy group that is intended for people at all levels of astronomy.

We especially welcome people new to the subject. All you need is an interest in the stars above. If you want to learn about astronomy then this meeting is for you.


Library Page:

See the Library page

We are trying to set up a small library of Astronomy books. If you would like to help with this project or have any Astronomy books you would like to donate please contact us.


Thanet Astronomy Group Presentations

Click here to see details of our list of available presentations about astronomy.

We have presentations on the History of Astronomy, Jupiter and its Moons, The Planets, The Moon, and Asteroide 2012 DA14.

Jupiter's Galilean Moons

Jupiters Moons

Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto

People using this site.

Whats On!

FREE Saturday Meetings

For 2017

January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

June 3trd, 10th, 17th, 24th

July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Time : 1 - 4pm


At the West Bay Cafe, Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea CT8 8QA,

See the meetings page for details

Members Club Meeting.

Dates and Times


West Bay Cafe, Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. CT8 8QA.