Colorado Springs Astronomical Society

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A member of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) and the Astronomical League (AL), The Colorado Springs Astronomical Society (CSAS) is a not-for-profit organization committed to the enjoyment of the night sky. CSAS is the administering society of the Earth Orbiting Satellites Observers Club (EOSOC) for the Astronomical League. This newly formed program is open to all members of the league and MAL across the US and abroad.

The club regularly holds meetings to observe the splendor of the dark Colorado skies. Aside from its monthly sessions, it holds monthly membership meetings on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The meetings are conducted at 7pm and typically include a short business meeting and a program.

Membership at the club is diverse in age, occupation, education, expertise and astronomical experience. Most members are non-technical hobbyists, while some have formal training in the field of astronomy. Many are starters who want to enhance their understanding of the sky.

The club often hosts star parties where members meet at a dark sky site and enjoy the night sky. It usually schedules one club meeting and official monthly star party. However, many club members meet for impromptu observing sessions all through the month. For last minute impromptu, members are contacted through forums.

CSAS’ public star parties are usually held together with the El Paso County Recreation Department’s nature education programs. It sponsors public viewing sessions at the Memorial Park, Bear Creek Nature Center, Sky Sox Stadium and other facilities. It also presents astronomy programs for nonprofit organizations and local schools through its Project Astro program.

In June and July, CSAS is hosting the Rocky Mountain Star Stare, a weekend astronomy camp-out for astronomy enthusiasts across the country and overseas. It also attends and supports similar events hosted by other clubs in the Rocky Mountain region.

The club is scheduled to host star parties on June 4 at the Fox Run Regional Park from 8:30pm to 10:30 pm, July 8 at the Palmer Park and on August 6 at Beer Creek – East.

Join the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society and enjoy various benefits including one full membership in AL and CSAS, one group membership to the IDA, club discounts on subscriptions to Sky and Telescope and Astronomy magazines, and 10 percent discounts off of astronomical book publications, among others. Membership dues amount to $30 for individual, $45 for family, $250 for lifetime membership, and free for associate membership. You do not need a telescope to be a member, just a spirit of adventure and willingness to enjoy the dark night skies.

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