Members include both amateur and professional astronomers.
Members gather data that are used by professional researchers, perform original research on a wide variety of topics, develop specialized equipment and software to support our independent research.
Professional members provide guidance and encouragement and use small-telescope photometry, spectroscopy, and astrometry data in their research.
Observers are skilled in photometry (e.g. asteroids and variable stars), astrometry (e.g. asteroids and visual double stars), spectroscopy (e.g. variable stars and transient sources) and even investigating polarimetry and speckle interferometry.
Annual SAS Symposium on Telescope Science sees about a hundred participants from North and South America, Europe, Africa and the Far East gathering to share their interest in astronomical research.
Educational and practical workshops during the Symposium provide a forum for learning, teaching, and building the skills of the community of practice in small-telescope research.
The Society for Astronomical Sciences is a non-profit corporation exempt under I.R.S. Code Section 501(c)(3).