Membership is open to anyone, with or without knowledge of the night sky or a personal telescope.
The Membership fee for a full year is:
Single membership: £20
1 Adult & 1 Child (under 16) membership: £25
Joint/Family membership: £35
The membership period begins on 1st July but you can join at any time of the year.
If joining part way through the year, a pro-rata fee will be payable (full pricing details on the form)
Members receive the Society’s “Sky Notes” publication. “Sky Notes” are produced in PDF format and are emailed to members each month.
It features articles written by members, observing reports, images taken by members, the society newsletter, monthly night sky guides, and much more.
Please have a look at a Sample edition of SkyNotes.
Other benefits of membership include:
- Free entry to monthly talks (non-members £3).
- Half-price entry to annual StarFest starcamp in August.
- Access to an additional ‘Members Only’ Facebook group.
- The society members library including books, journals and other resources.
- Institutional membership of the Society for the History of Astronomy, membership of the Society for Popular Astronomy and affiliated society of the British Astronomical Association
- Use of Low Dalby observatories.
- Ability to loan society equipment for personal use.
- Member only events, such as the annual Messier Marathon, Winter Star Camps and organised trips.
- Access to a pool of knowledgeable amateur astronomers with diverse interests, including imaging, radio astronomy, and occultations (member Mell Jeffery, FRAS, is the current Director of Occultation Section with the Society for Popular Astronomy!)
Society meetings are held at East Ayton Village Hall, Wilson’s Lane, East Ayton on the third Friday of each month, with a prompt 7.45pm start for all talks.
Members usually arrive from 7:15pm to allow for a quick chat prior to the main talk and to help set up the equipment.
If clear skies are forecast, members can make use of the dark outdoor space and observe after meetings.
Payment can be made in person at a meeting, by cheque or BACS (details on the membership form)
Members will receive a ‘Welcome Pack’ containing details of the Society, its history and locations of observing sites in the area.
(If you have recently become a member and have not received the welcome pack via email within a couple of days, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org).