Like a man on a steep icy path, NSB is finding himself sliding towards the subject of astronomy by the sheer number of interesting resources in the public domain.
For example, one of the points that Chris Lintott mentioned in an interview with NSB (transcript of the best bits coming soon btw) was that a good way to get involved with astronomy was to join your local astronomical society.
For those living in Nottingham, that probably means the Nottingham Astronomical Society, who meet on the first Thursday of each month (except August) at
The British Geological Survey, Nicker Hill, Keyworth, NG12 5GG.
(Doors open at 7.30pm with the meeting starting at 8.00pm, non
Admissions is free to interested members of the public and meetings ususlly have an illustrated talk (see website for details)
If you decide to join, you get access to their, very impressive, telescope which is located near Cotgrave.
Another good site to visit is the Society for Popular Astronomy who can provide lots of useful information for the amateur astronomer