The Astronomical Unit



I offer a wide variety of activities (including observing sessions) and talks on astronomical subjects, geared towards the wishes or requirements of the following groups. Please click on the group for more details (opens in new window).

Astronomical Societies

General Audiences

Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Guides, Woodcraft Folk, etc.


About Stephen Tonkin

Stephen (Steve) Tonkin has been an amateur astronomer since childhood and now spends most of his time doing astronomical outreach; he leads public observing sessions at BBC Stargazing Live events. He has taught astronomy to adults and children for over 30 years and has authored many articles and several books on practical aspects of astronomy. He writes equipment reviews and a monthly Binocular Tour for Sky at Night magazine. Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a past-chairman of the Wessex Astronomical Society and a founder member of Fordingbridge Astronomers. He is an occasional part-time Lecturer in Astronomy for Brockenhurst College.