Astronomical Societies

Anyone who takes more than a casual interest in astronomy will be wise to join a society. You will exchange ideas and observations with others - and you will make many new friends.

In Britain, the leading amateur society is the British Astronomical Association, which was founded in 1890 and has an observational record second to none. Its address is Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0DU (www.britastro.org). No qualifications are needed for entry; monthly meetings are held from October to June, and there are also many meetings held outside London. There is a bimonthly journal, and there are various sections each of which is in charge of an experienced Director. There is also the Society for Popular Astronomy and many local societies; a full list is published annually in the Yearbook of Astronomy (Macmillan and Co). Ireland has its national society; there are many in the United States. Elsewhere, there are many amateur members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand and the South African Astronomical Society. Neither are amateurs excluded from professional organizations, and indeed the list of Past Presidents of the Royal Astronomical Society includes the names of several amateurs.

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