Members include both amateur and professional
Amateur 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.
Our 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.
The annual SAS Symposium on Telescope Science sees about a hundred participants
North and South America, Europe, Africa and the Far East gathering to share their interest in astronomical
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).