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Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group

Welcome to the website of the Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group.

Formed in 2005, we are well established amongst the other national societies and enjoy a strong, enthusiastic membership of all ages and abilities, the group being administered by a core committee.

Since forming, we have taken part in many public outreach astronomical events, including from the steps of the Ashmolean museum and the Bodleian library square in Oxford, as well as from the town centre in Chipping Norton. Each year we also engage with numerous local schools and groups to share our passion for the night sky.

Our main base for observing is at the ancient Rollright Stone monuments which we managed to gain a Dark Sky status for in 2015. These have featured on television many times and we ourselves were actually part of BBC Sky At Night programme (2013), Channel 4 documentary (2015) and BBC Stargazing Live (2016).

We try and observe whenever conditions and other commitments allow and invite everyone to join us under the stars. Regardless of the weather, however, we also meet once a month in Chipping Norton for a talk by a professional astronomer or CNAAG member and a warm welcome is guaranteed if you care to come along.

CNAAG is open to everyone and there are no requirements for equipment, prior knowledge or experience. All that is required is your enthusiasm and an interest in the Universe. So, whatever your level of interest please do get in touch or perhaps just pop along to one of our meetings.

I look forward to meeting you soon – Robin (Chairman)



Chipping Norton – Town centre observing event

November 6th – Town centre event – outside Jaffe & Neals bookshop , 50 years since Apollo 12 – from 5.30pm to about 9pm . – CNAAG Members with telescopes show you the visible moon, stars and planets ( if the sky is clear ).

Woodstock Museum – Museums At Night event.

Nov. 7th – Woodstock Museum . from 6pm to 8.30pm aprox (set up from 5pm)  – A talk by Robin Smitten followed by observing through CNAAG members telescopes. Refreshments available –  hot drinks and ( maybe astronomical ) sausages .