Tiverton and Mid Devon
Astronomy Society

[ History of our society | Contact info and maps ]

We're on Facebook!

Facebook - Tiverton and Mid Devon Astronomy SocietyTiverton and Mid Devon Astronomy Society is now on Facebook. Because Facebook is easy to access on the move (for those owning a smartphone) we plan to use our Facebook page to keep people updated on events and observing sessions, the details of which can change at short notice. In addition, we will use it to post and discuss any news or events of an astronomical nature, and encourage you to join in!

Tiverton & Mid Devon AS is an enthusiastic and friendly group who meet regularly for talks, social events and night sky observing sessions. Our aim is to encourage people of all ages and abilities and from all walks of life to learn about the wonders of our Universe. Please come along and try one of our meetings without obligation. Previous knowledge of astronomy is not necessary. We are a member of the Federation of Astronomical Societies (FAS).

Neil directs the Meade LX-90     The society's old newtonian sees frequent use


One year's membership costs 14, or 10 for senior citizens or if unwaged. Those under the age of 18 and in full-time education go free. Everyone is welcome to come along to our meetings - non-members will be charged £2 at the door (deductible on taking membership). Please note fees are due in September.

A brief history...

Tiverton Astronomy Society began in 1985, when Graham West convened a gathering of people in the town interested in the subject. Regular meetings began, often with visiting speakers who have covered a wide range of topics from Planetary Geology to Astrology, and from The Soviet Space Programme to Observing the Moon. Visits to other societies and observatories have also been arranged.

Run informally for many years, the society has grown particularly strongly recently. Early in 2000 it became formally constituted.

Our telescope's history

At the time of the society's inauguration Douglas Rice, a teacher at Blundell's School, had recently discovered a fine 8" Newtonian telescope belonging to the school. With the help of a pupil, Nicholas Wood, and advice from Patrick Moore, he restored the instrument to working order. It was built about 1910, is extremely solid with a tube 7 ft long, and is very user-friendly (if you don't mind climbing a step-ladder).

The telescope has been at Blundell's since at least the Second World War. For some years it was situated on the Blundell's clock tower, where it tended to be used by the boys for spying activities! With the school's support the instrument was re-housed in a wheel-off shed near Milestones (now Blundell's Prep School) on Blundell's road (see map). For 15 years it has been the focus for public observing sessions as well as seeing use by pupils and local groups. These days several members also bring their own modern instruments to these sessions.

Contact details

The best way to contact us if you have any queries is via e-mail: nick@tivas.org.uk. You can also call a member of the committee if you wish; our telephone numbers are listed below.

Position Name Tel. No.
President Douglas Rice 01884 252942
Chairwoman Angela Cousins 01884 243186
Treasurer David Brabban 01884 253770
Secretary Chris Haughton 01884 242226
Membership Melvyn Boot 01884 855377
Website/A-V Nick Markell 01884 242619
Publicity John Parratt 01271 372331
Events Jo Richardson 01934 708790
Blundell's Rep. Andy Sims  
You can also contact us by e-mail.


How to find us

The maps below, provided by Blundell's School, show how to find us. The first shows how to find Blundell's and the second is a map of Blundell's and Blundell's Prep. Click on either to see a full-size version.

Map - M5 Junction 27 to Blundell's (6 KB) - links to a larger 19 KB version

Map - Blundell's & St. Aubyn's (8 KB) - links to a larger 26 KB version