The FSLAS exists to provide a meeting place for amateur astronomers of all ages and abilities in the Furness and South Lakes area of Cumbria, England.


Our charter says that we will:


Promote astronomy in the local community

Provide education in astronomy for groups, schools, and the general public.

Offer help, advice, and support to enthusiasts on all manner of related subjects.


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If you have any queries regarding the society, please get in touch with one of our members. A list of email addresses and a postal contact address will be available on the contact page.



  • We are members of:


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Federation of Astronomical Societies

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Society for Popular Astronomy

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Next Meeting

...will be held in the Lower Meeting Hall of the Trinity Church Centre, Abbey Road (opposite Kwik Fit), Barrow-in-Furness (please use the entrance at the back in Warwick Street) at 7:30pm on Friday 6th April 2018 when Dr. Keith Robinson of the University of Salford will give a talk entitled: 'Building and Using the Bier Himmel Observatory'.


Prof. Lionel Wilson of Lancaster University, the speaker for the March meeting, had to cancel at short notice and so a 'Members' Night' was held instead. That scheduled meeting has been transfered to May 4th.




Richard and Neil Alldridge visited the USA to witness the 2017 total solar eclipse. See their pictures in the Gallery


On 9th. May member Colin Taylor kindly provided observing facilities throughout the day from Pennington for members to observe the transit of Mercury. This rare event enabled us to see the planet Mercury cross the face of the sun over several hours using a specially modified telescope. Members at Mercury transit

(The picture shows the members who attended - click on picture for larger image).


Why not have a look at some of the latest pictures taken by our members?
Eddie Dixon's of solar activity and a selection of David Higginbottom's taken at the observatory.
Follow the link to Gallery


Financial Report

The treasurer presented his annual Report and Balance Sheet to members at the regular meeting on the 3rd November 2017.

See them both here:

REPORT (Word document)