Join The Syracuse Astronomical Society!
The Syracuse Astronomical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about astronomy, preserving a national heritage – the night sky, and exploring the splendors of our universe. We invite you to join us. We have Free Public Observing Nights at our Darling Hill Observatory in Vesper, NY. Public observing is held once a month from April through October, around the new moon. Other viewing sessions occur throughout the year when the night sky is clear and available SAS members go to the observatory.
There are many good reasons to join the SAS!
1. Dark Skies – The Darling Hill Observatory is located almost exactly between Cortland and Syracuse, making it the darkest location between these two large cities for nighttime observing.
2. Observatory Scopes – Darling Hill Observatory is not only a place to use your own scope, but is also an excellent place to see other scopes in action and learn the benefits and limitations of each kind. Many members do not even own telescopes(!), instead relying on the quality optics at the observatory for viewing.
3. Observatory Grounds Access – SAS members are welcome to use the Darling Hill Observatory grounds whenever the weather and driveway accessibility permit. While the observatory building is only accessible when an elected member is present (which is often when weather permits), outside outlets are available for go-to scopes.
4. The SAS Is A Member-Supported Organization – Your membership dues help to cover every aspect of running the observatory, from scope maintenance and mirror re-coating to grounds maintenance and major infrastructure investments that will keep our society thriving into the future.
Joining Is Easy!
To join, simply download our membership brochure, fill in your information, and mail your membership and optional Sky & Telescope subscription to our treasurer. You will then receive our welcome letter, website account, and membership card, providing you access to observatory grounds and our online presence. Simply click below to download the PDF!