Amateur astronomer Richard Darn gets ready for a fundraising stargazing event.

Powerful telescopes will be turned skywards to reveal the wonders of the moon on Saturday, September 6.

Stargazers from York Astronomical Society will help stage the event in The Victory Hall in Thorner, near Wetherby, to support the work of the local Haven Breast Cancer Support charity.

Last year's event under clear starry conditions raised nearly £1,800.

This year the event has been dubbed the Thorner Moongaze to mark the 45th anniversary of man stepping foot on the moon.

“The buzz at the last event was unbelievable and that's encouraged us to do it all over again,” said organiser, Soraya Usman.

Soraya won her own battle against breast cancer with the support of the Haven and has since dedicated herself to raising funds for the organisation.

“It's incredible to think that the moon landings were so long ago and we'll be offering stunning views of lunar craters, mountains and valleys,” said Richard Darn from York Astronomical Society. “And we will keep our eyes peeled for man-made satellites scuttling across the night sky.”

There'll also be an inflatable planetarium, colourful talks, chance to handle space rock and watch amazing time-lapse movies, together with refreshments.

Tickets cost £7 for adults, £3 children and £18 for a family ticket (two adults and two children) and are available from Tom Robert Shaw at or call 0113 284 7800 .