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Membership


 

The Astronomical Society of Tasmania welcomes people who share an interest in all branches of astronomy and related sciences. Membership is open to everyone, subject to a successful application.

 

We encourage young adults with an interest in astronomy to join our Society and attend events. If you are under 18 years of age the Society requires that your parent (or adult guardian) completes your Membership Application Form and submits it on your behalf.

 

All persons under 18 years of age, including members, are required to be supervised by a parent (or adult guardian) at all times when attending Society events.

 

 There are no qualifications to join the Society, nor is it necessary to own your own telescope.

 

Full membership entitles you to:

 

  • Attendance at  monthly Society meetings and events held in Hobart and Launceston. Information on current activities and upcoming night sky events  are shared, together with presentations on a wide variety of interesting and current  issues relating to astronomy.

 

  • Observing nights across Tasmania, with the opportunity to meet and learn from others with similar interests. Members are very willing to assist others to explore the wonders of our night sky. The Society has a range of telescopes at our Mount Pleasant Observatory for members’ use at these observing nights.

 

  • Advice and assistance  getting started with your first telescope.

 

  • Our observing nights are also an opportunity for people considering purchasing a telescope, to “try before buying” and to receive help on setting up  their new telescope.

 

  • Special offers, from time to time, on the purchase of relevant astronomical items.

 

  • Participation in special interest groups which are active from time to time in the Society.

 

  • Free admission to the Launceston Planetarium upon presentation of a current Membership Card or current receipt.

 

  • Members are most welcome to extend an invitation to other members of their family to attend and participate in the The Society's activities as guests of the Society.

 

  • Members who include Australian Sky and Telescope subscription with their annual  membership will receive their copies direct from the publisher.

 

In keeping with our aim of promoting interest in Astronomy, members are encouraged to actively participate in the Society's many and varied public outreach activities should they wish to.  These activities include public observing nights, various school and community events and public education programs. Many members gain great personal satisfaction from introducing the wonders of the night sky to interested children and to the wider community.

Members who are keen to share their special interests are regular presenters at our monthly  General Meetings.

 

 


 

MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS

 

Initial membership of the Society is for a period of twelve months.

The cost for this first twelve month's membership is the Annual Membership Subscription listed below. There are no other joining fees. New members will receive a credit for the un-used portion of their first twelve month’s membership when they receive their first renewal notice for the annual subscription due at 1st April. 

 

Annual Membership Subscription options

Annual  Membership  Subscription $40.00.
Annual  Membership Subscription, including an annual subscription to Australian Sky and Telescope magazine $90.00

 

Annual  Membership  Subscriptions are payable by the 1st April each year. Members will receive an annual renewal notice in March each year.

HOW TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP OF THE SOCIETY

 

Step 1

Download your membership application form HERE

Open this document in MS-WORD and select ENABLE EDITING to type in your details. Please ensure that you complete all the relevant Click here to enter text and check boxes.

When you have finalised your application form go to the document MENU options and select FILE.  Then select SHARE >> EMAIL >> SEND AS ATTACHMENT (WORD.doc)

Your completed application form should then open as a MS-WORD attachment in a new email.

 

Step 2

To lodge your application form include your name in the subject line and email to our Membership Officer at membership.astas@gmail.com

This is our preferred lodgement procedure. However, you may either print your completed form or fill out your application by hand and return to us by mail (details on the application form)

 

Step 3

Pay your selected Membership Fee.

Our preferred payment option is via DIRECT CREDIT to the Society’s Bank Account. (details on the application form). Please ensure that you include the following payment reference: NEW or REJOIN followed by YOUR FULL NAME (e.g. NEW - Galileo GALILEI).

However, payments will also be accepted by cheque or money order (details on the application form).

 

HOW TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OF THE SOCIETY

 

The Society’s Membership Year begins on the 1st April each year and ends on the 31st March the following year. Your Membership Renewal Fee due date is 1st April.

All members will receive their Annual Renewal Notice in March each year, with full instructions on how to renew their membership.

Please advise the Membership Officer of any changes to your contact details at membership.astas@gmail.com