About the AFA

The Association was founded early in 1999 by a small group of local amateur astronomers who recognised the need for an active group operating in the Falkirk area. An exhibition, held in a local hotel, had an encouraging turnout confirming that there was interest in the area for an astronomical group. The Association now has a membership of nearly 40.


Please read the membership page for up to date information re membership.


Members nights are usually held on the second Wednesday of the month in the Old Peoples' Welfare Hall, Laurieston, near Falkirk, except for June, July and August when there is a recess. Meetings commence at 7.30pm (doors open around 7pm) and finish around 10.00pm. These cover discussion of events of current interest, reports from the Committee, followed by the main event of the evening which is a presentation by an Association member or Guest Speaker describing a topic of general interest. Observing equipment is always available to use after the meetings, but weather conditions are rarely favourable, unfortunately!


The Federation of Astronomical Societies


The AFA are not currently holding official observing sessions, although members are observing all the time! If you are interesting in arranging a session please come along to one of our meetings.

Other activities

We are active in giving talks on astronomy to local community groups, such as the Scouts and Guides, and as a source of astronomical information to the local media. If you would like to invite us to your event please come along to one of our meetings or email us at

Data Protection GDPR

Please read our Data Protection statement for details on how we manage membership data.


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