- Last Updated on 21 April 2012
Membership in the Los Angeles Astronomical Society is not restricted. You don't need to have a telescope to get in. In fact, it's better that you join first, so you can find out what kind of telescope you really need, depending on what you want to do. There are no requirements for membership other than paying your dues. If you want to join right away, just read the section on membership categories and fees, download the membership application form,then fill it out and send it to the mailing address at the bottom of the page, along with the membership dues. If you are not sure about joining, drop by the Garvey Ranch Observatory, in Monterey Park, on any Wednesday night (we are there even in non-astronomical weather), or drop by one of our public star parties. Meet the astronomers, look around, talk up a storm, ask questions, be nosy, and find out who and what we really are. If you decide to join, you can in any case do so right there, or mail in your dues, as you wish.
We encourage our members to be as active as they can in the many different activities we offer. You can be a Garvey Ranch Regular, you can make the dark sky star parties your second home, you can show off your knowledge and/or enthusiasm at the public star parties at Griffith Observatory, you can volunteer to speak at the membership meetings, you can make telescopes, or anything else that catches your astronomical fancy. Whatever it is about astronomy that interests you, we either already have other members doing it, or you can start the ball rolling yourself.