About the Society

HAS is an active community of enthusiastic amateur astronomers with over 60 years of history in the Houston area. Membership has a variety of benefits, including access to a secure dark site west of Houston, a telescope loaner program, and much more. Joining our club is simple; you can sign up online, by mail or in person at a monthly meeting.

Learn about the society: Our Observatory | Loaner telescopes | Astronomical League | Newsletters | Monthly Meetings

Member Benefits

Astronomical League Membership

Members automatically become a member of the Astronomical League and receive the quarterly AL publication, The Reflector. See the Astronomical League website.

Monthly Meetings

Members can attend two monthly meetings, held back-to back. The first is planned especially for novice level members, and the second meeting is of interest to amateur astronomers of all levels. See Monthly Meetings 

Monthly Newsletters

Available online, our GuideStar and Captain Comet newsletters are published monthly. Read about current events, club activities, and more. See Newsletters 

Annual and Special Events

Members are invited to a variety of events, including picnics at the Columbus Observatory, an Annual Banquet with featured speaker, observing field trips, and more. See the Founders Day event.

Columbus Dark Site

Complete the online orientation and gain access to our excellent dark site located near Columbus, Texas. See Our Observatory 

Leadership opportunities

With your vote, you can help lead this club into the future. Or become a leader yourself. We have lots of fun. See HAS Leaders

Club Observatory

Complete a half-day training program, and be eligible to use the club’s roll-off roof observatory building and 12.5" and 14" telescopes. See Our Observatory

Member-Only Site Features

Active members have access to private HAS website features. Members can post and manage photo galleries, trade gear, view recordings of some meetings and events, and manage their membership online.

Loaner Telescope Program

After two months of membership, you will be eligible to borrow one of our club telescopes. See Loaner telescopes

Discounts

Skyhound has generously offered Houston Astronomical Society members a discount of 50% on all editions of the popular SkyTools observing software. Club members are also eligible to receive discounts on subscriptions to Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazine. Another members-only benefit.

Annual Dues

$36

$6

$12

$50

Regular Member Associate Member* Student Member** Sustaining Member***
 

*must have a regular
member in the
same household

**must be a
full-time student

***includes a $14
charitable contribution to
Houston Astronomical Society

Monthly dues for new members are prorated based on the number of months remaining in the year.
For example, a new regular member joining in August will pay for only 5 months of membership, or $15.00.

Join Online

HAS is now accepting online payment via Paypal for new members who wish to sign up online. Click here to fill out the online application.

Join By Mail

Please download and fill out the Membership Application and mail the application to our postal address: PO Box 800564, Houston, TX 77280. The club treasurer will process your membership and contact you within 1-2 weeks.

Join in Person

Come out to the monthly meeting and turn in your application to any club officer who is present.

Questions?

For questions that come up while filling out the application, please contact our club treasurer by email.

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