About Us

This is the website of Vectis Astronomical Society (VAS). Based on the Isle of Wight, just off the South coast of the UK the Society was founded in 1976.

The Society is a friendly group of 70 or so amateur astronomers. You can find us (and our Observatory) in Watery Lane, Newchurch, very close to Amazon World.

There is a map and further location information here.


Our Observatory is open to all for stargazing every Thursday evening from 20.00 hrs.

We hold monthly public meetings in the Newchurch Pavilion (next to the Observatory) with guest speakers giving presentations on a range of astronomy related subjects.

Our sister website www.darkwightskies.com is home to the Dark Wight Skies Initiative and our quest to achieve Dark Sky Status for the Island.


You are welcome to visit the observatory. So, if you need some help setting up your telescope, would like some advice or are just interested to see what we do, feel free to pay us a visit.

Please contact us beforehand if your group visit contains more than 6 people.


Clear Nights and Dark Skies

Brian Curd
Observatory Director

Registered Charity Number: 1046091