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Ilkeston & District Astronomical Society

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'At our monthly meetings members are entertained by either a Guest Speaker or by one of the more knowledgeable members. We always try and organise a good mix of talks that are suitable to all levels.'
Erewash Museum, High Street, Ilkeston, Erewash, DE7 5JA, East Midlands,
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'Founded in October 1981, IDAS was the brainchild of a small band of like-minded amateur astronomers, led by the late Bernard Wheeldon. Bernard had the foresight to recognise that there was a large geographical gap between the Nottingham and Derby astronomical societies - a gap that was large enough to warrant the need for a new astronomical society to cover Ilkeston and the surrounding Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire towns.

'The very first informal meetings were held in Bernard's own home, but with a growing membership it meant that a more suitable meeting place was needed. After some investigation, the Hayloft at Erewash Museum in Ilkeston town centre became IDAS's new meeting place - and we have met there, on the second Tuesday of each month ever since.'
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