About Us

Stirling Astronomical Society (Scottish Charity No. SC 032272) is open to those aged 11 years or over and who have an interest in astronomy. At the SAS we welcome total beginners, experienced observers, or those with an interest in a particular topic, such as variable stars, comets, aurorae or meteors.

Members have the use of the Stirling Astronomical Society's 12.5-inch Newtonian reflecting telescope, an 80mm refracting telescope and an extensive library of specialist books. The SAS also has a very comprehensive collection of astronomical photographs taken by members, a sample of which can be seen in our Gallery , and publishes a regular Journal, the Mercury. The SAS regularly provides help to youth organisations and schools and is keen to promote any aspect of astronomy to other groups.

The Society was formed in 1973 / 74 when interest in Comet Kohoutek prompted staff and students at Stirling High School to restore the old High School telescope and observatory.

The Society now has over 30 members who meet regularly for lectures, observations and discussions.