Next meeting: Monday 12 March:

Prof. Alex. Boksenberg- What did dark matter ever do for Us?


For details click here.


We will be holding public observing sessions at the usual location in the new car park at the north-east side of Ruislip Lido (near the Railway Station) from 6pm to 8pm on Friday 23rd, Sat 24th and Sun 25th February 2018.

The event is weather dependent and we will post a Go or No-Go notice by 4pm on this website on each day of the event. Please check this before setting off, in case of cancellation.

Welcome to WOLAS

With a membership of over 160 we are one of the largest local astronomical societies in the UK. We meet every month (except August), alternating between sites at Uxbridge and Harrow. You definitely don't need to be an advanced amateur to join, as we try to keep meetings at a level which anyone with a general interest in astronomy can follow. Probably the majority of our membership consists of people just like you – interested but not obsessed!

The society was founded in 1967 and has a membership mostly drawn from a wide area of the western side of London. As well as our monthly meetings, we have regular observing sessions at a site near High Wycombe, where skies are darker, and twice a year we organise an observing weekend to a truly dark sky site such as mid-Wales or the West Country.

We are affiliated to the Federation of Astronomical Societies and the Webb Deep-Sky Society.

If you are interested, take a look at our meeting programme and come along to one of the meetings and see if you like it. We have a wide range of meeting topics, from basic stargazing to cosmology, covering the wide range of interests among our members. The Society is not just for the advanced amateur astronomer   we have members with all levels of experience and interests and welcome new members of all ages. There are subscription rates for those under 16 and for families, and our large membership allows us to keep our charges surprisingly low. You can join online or by post.

WOLAS members may also join the online WOLAS Yahoo Group which provides an easy means of communication between members. You can view messages without being a member, but new applications are referred to the group moderator.

Our monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at two locations:

St John Ambulance Hall, North Harrow
January, March, May, July, September and November
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Christ Church Chapel, Redford Way, Uxbridge
February, April, June, October and December
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Members Only Pages
WOLAS members who have logged in with their unique user name and password can see a link to special pages of information below. You can also access this list from any page by clicking on your name at top right (after the word 'Welcome') when logged in.

If you have trouble logging in to this site as a WOLAS member, please contact our membership secretary, Martin Lewis, via the Contact Us page.