Manchester Astronomical Society

Manchester Astronomical Society, Godlee Observatory, Sackville Street Building, University of Manchester, Manchester M1 3BU
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Established: 1903

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The main. high-ceiling Octagon room, with its superb views across the city from the tall windows in six of its eight walls, houses the meeting room equipped with projection screen and digital projector/PC.

The Octagon room is an open forum for informal discussions every Thursday evening throughout the year (except the winter session lecture evenings currently held at the MMU in the John Dalton Building) where groups of like-minded people can talk about current astronomical topics and events.

It was also the room used for telescope making classes. Mirror making was a popular activity thanks to Mr Steve Hodgkinson and complete telescopes were constructed for subsequent loan to members of the Society. Several members assembled electronically controlled, Scotch-type, camera drives for wide field astrophotography.


The Octagon room


The meeting rooms are on floor G of the Sackville Street Building, University of Manchester. They are situated directly under the observatory which is accessed via a spiral staircase climbing up past the massive telescope pier supported by immense steel I-beams that span the observatory tower.



The Library

The Octagon room is also the used occasionally for meetings of the North West Group of Astronomical Societies and other visitors to the Society, from local bodies such Scouts, Guides, school parties, etc. It has also been used on a number of occasions by BBC Radio for recording and direct broadcast.




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Observing using the 8” refractor

Helical Staircase


The view from the Octagon room



The library, which contains a large collection of astronomical reference books (some dating back to the 19th century) and journals, is located in the Annexe room to the rear. The MAS are fortunate in possessing a complete set of Journals of the British Astronomical Association dating from 1890. The library also includes several books presented to the Society by their authors.

The Observatory after refurbishment