Last Meet up before Summer!

Hiya MaDDOGs!

We are meeting tomorrow night at the Plough as our last one before the summer break. Doesn’t look too promising for observing but it would be great to get together for a social and make plans for the darker nights in Autumn!

As always new members are most welcome just to meet the group, have some Astro chat and share ideas for future meet ups!

See you all in The Plough 7.30pm tomorrow (Monday) night ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


MaDDOGs Mad May Meet-up!

I must admit , when it started raining at tea time…I was seriously beginning to doubt whether we had made the right decision to meet up last night, after postponing the Bank Holiday date….but what a night! The forecast promised patches of clear but when we went into the grounds to view the skies…WOW! Wall to wall clear skies!
We began the evening with a catch up, followed by Nigel sharing his notebook with memorable astronomical adventures dating right back into his early days! Newspaper cuttings, flyers and promotional material all collected over the space of over 30 years sparked some fabulous conversation…and as always, Nigel always has extremely interesting stories to tell!
After lively discussions covering space exploration, life in the universe and how we all started our adventures into astronomy we were beckoned by a very excited Ben who had gone out to set up his scope…declaring that the skies were AMAZING!!!!
The rest of the night was spent viewing the amazing skies with lots of visual star hopping, observing a magnificent Jupiter and Moons and discussing our favourite constellations and celestial objects.
We weren’t even deterred when the local neighbour’s security light went on …Nigel taking the perfect opportunity for some fun shadow photography!
Overall our spirits were very high as it was our first observation session in a long time. We certainly got our Astro-mojos back last night.
Watch this space for our next gathering plans. We are all very enthusiastic about having impromptu meet ups when the skies allow…we only have a few weeks before dark skies leave us for the summer…
We welcome everyone to join us, no matter what your ability…and there is always a scope, or binoculars to share!
So until next time…..Clear skies! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

All photos by Nigel Bradbury

May Meet Up

Due to many members not being able to make tonight because of the Bank Holiday Madness we will be meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday) as the forecast is still great! It would be such a shame to waste those skies!

So see you Tuesday 8th May 7.30pm in The Plough, Two Dales for all things astro! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

We will also meet next Monday 14th for those who can’t make tomorrow night!

April Meeting

As it is Easter Monday this month (and it is a shocking forecast!! ) we will postpone the meeting to next Monday 9th April 7.30pm in the Plough at Two Dales. Hope to see you all there!

February Meet Up

Hello MaDDOGs! Hope you have all enjoyed the festivities…how long ago does that seem?

Although we have had some cracking glimpses of great skies recently…true to form the forecast is looking ropey for our first meet of 2018 but hopefully everyone is up for a social and maybe plan some spontaneous observing sessions – weather permitting?

So planning to meet at the Plough, Two Dales on Monday night , 7.30pm. …and , who knows, the skies may just be kind! 😉

January Meet up!

As the first Monday falls on New Year’s Day we thought you may all be thinking of an early night to bed rather than a meet up at the Plough! So Happy New Year everyone… and see you in February unless we get good skies and you want an impromptu meet with scopes before.. post on Facebook if you do! 😊

See you all soon!

December Gathering!

A busy month for the MaDDOGs this month…meeting up on Monday night 7.30pm at the Plough Inn and a festive gathering the week after! Hope to see you all there! Hoping to have a Telescope surgery with new members bringing their scopes for help with setting up….all welcome! 10500582_10205597996244643_1975062179346796069_n (1)


We have had a redesign to hopefully link all our platforms together so we can keep everyone updated no matter whether you are on Facebook, Twitter or email.

All you need to do is follow the blog and you should get email updates straight from the website!

Fingers crossed!

Welcome !

Hello and welcome to the new website for the Matlock and Darley Dale observing group otherwise known and MADDOGs! This group was first discussed at the Northwest Astronomy Festival in October 2014 and had its first meeting in December 2014. The group came about because of a recognition that there were many people in the area who had a keen interest in Astronomy and working together could share knowledge and improve what they got out of the hobby. We plan to have meetings around the first Monday of the month, we use the Plough Inn at Darley Dale as our meeting location. We do not have a membership fee but any donation towards the cost of the hire of equipment and rooms on the night are gratefully received. If you have any questions or would like more information then please contact us here and we will be please to get back to you.

Also drop us a note if you would like to be added to a mailing list where we will let you know of new events, changed times or dates for existing events or any other astronomy news. We can also be found on Facebook here

Thanks for your interest in this group, we hope you will come to join us at a future meeting.

Clear skies….

Matlock and Darley Dale Observing Group