WHO ARE WE ?
Welcome to the Liverpool Astronomical Societies Sidewalk Astronomers.
In 1968 John Dobson helped to start the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers. He wanted to show as many people as possible the wonders of the solar system and beyond. Subsequently, groups were established in Los Angeles and other US cities.
Liverpool Sidewalk Astronomers are a group of people, most of whom are members of the Liverpool Astronomical Society, Who are keen to bring Astronomy to as many people as possible in the local area. We use a combination of slide shows, computer displays, (and when the weather is kind to us) portable telescopes which range in size from 4 to 30 inches in aperture.
The below images show 16inch telescopes made by members of the LAS and LASSA
(Dave Thomson, Geoff Regan, Dave Owen and Steve King). Both telescope are
used at LASSA events. Both instruments perform well with plenty of oohhss
and aahhss coming from the eyepiece by visitors to these events. The construction
of both of these telescopes can be seen be clicking the link below:-
The images below show the 6 inch f10 rental telescope of the LAS which is
available to members of the LAS to rent for £1 a week. It is typical
of the telescopes that are used at Sidewalk events. This particular telescope
is housed at the Liverpool Astronomical Societies main observatory at PEX
HILL near Cronton. Next is Dave owen with his own 6 inch F4 and the
LAS's 12 inch Platt telescope at Pex Hill. To the far right is the
30 inch TROK
in North Wales.