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Member Benefits

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bullet An information leaflet about MPAS, including a membership form (Adobe Acrobat PDF).
bullet Membership Form ONLY

If you are interested in Astronomy, either a beginner or more, why not come and share this wonderful hobby with others who feel the same. The Society is full of different individuals with different interests in Astronomy (for example: visual observing, astrophotography, meteor viewing, naked eye observing, the history of astronomy, and other interesting areas).

Importantly, do not feel that you have to have a telescope to come along. Apart from the Society's various telescopes that are available to members to use, you will find other members who will be glad to share their equipment when viewing the heavens.

But if you are looking for something special, this Society has many reasons to consider joining. But remember, membership is not compulsory, but there are real advantages in joining, and these include:

bulletBeing part of a dynamic, friendly group of local, active amateur astronomers who are willing to teach beginners and answer their many questions, as well as guide and encourage more advanced members.


bulletMonthly high quality meetings in a modern 135-seat theatrette (above) for dissemination of the latest astronomical and science information by members and invited special guest speakers. These meetings run parallel sessions enabling a choice of topics, and special access to astronomy and science videos. The monthly meetings are video taped and these can be borrowed from the society’s library.
bulletAn extensive library of hundreds of books, videos and CD ROM computer software related to astronomical topics. The library also contains newsletters published by other astronomical societies. Members can request items of interest for inclusion in the library as funds become available. Remote members are able to borrow library materials by post.
bulletAbility to borrow special instruments, such as reflector and refractor telescopes and binoculars for use at home.
bulletA bimonthly newsletter journal providing details of astronomy happenings both locally and internationally.
bulletAccess to purchasing special offers, such as astronomy videos, posters etc. that arise from time to time.
bulletAn email newsgroup for rapidly alerting members of late breaking or privileged news, and late invitations to external science lectures.
bulletAn email newsgroup for meteor shower observers.
bulletAn email newsgroup for alerting concerned members of the likelihood of geomagnetic storms and aurorae.
bulletAn aurora (Southern Lights) telephone alert service to assist members to see this rare phenomenon while it is actually in progress.
bulletRegular member “club” viewing nights at the Society’s dark sky Briars property on the Mornington Peninsula where an astronomical observatory is well under construction, and you can view the night skies through other members’ telescopes without having to travel very long distances. Advice on telescopes and their optimal use is always readily available.
bulletRegular social events at least once a month, including free BBQ’s at each Briars site working bee and Telescope Learning Day, and an annual Christmas star-be-cue.
bulletAccess to other members who are highly skilled in telescope making and all other aspects of astronomy.
bulletSpecial reduced rates for purchase of excellent annual Astronomical Almanacs of what is in the night sky throughout the year, planispheres and other astronomical materials. These are aimed from beginners to advanced amateurs.
bulletPrivileged information about forthcoming astronomical phenomena and events.
bulletPrivileged access to observing predictions for jovian satellite eclipses, variable stars, minor planet occultation's, lunar occultation's and meteors.
bulletOpportunity to participate in field observing events throughout the state, some of which pass their observations onto professional astronomers overseas.
bulletAccess to the Society’s laser telescope collimator and CCD camera eyepiece.
bulletOpportunities for students or teachers to apply for work experience openings and prizes annually.
bulletAbility to attend educational public talks conducted by the Society for free.
bulletAbility to participate with school children and the wider community at Astronomy on the Move night sky viewing evenings.
bulletA website for dissemination of information.
bulletA telephone recording service (0419 253 252) and an email address ( for answering remote members’ specific questions.
bulletAccess to biennial conferences of amateur astronomers, both state-wide with VASTROC and nation-wide with NACAA. The Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society has hosted these several times.
bulletDiscounts at certain camera and telescope outlets from time to time.
bulletMembers can ask specific questions on any astronomy-related topic and have them answered either directly, in the bimonthly newsletter or at a future general meeting. This is typically via the Idea-Suggestion box at meetings, via telephone, via email or simply in person.

Astronomy can be real fun, and enjoying it with friends can make it really special.

Annual Membership Fees

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Membership fees are due 1st January each year.
Pro-rata rates apply to new members joining late in the year.


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Public Viewing Nights 

Just to let everyone know, public viewing nights are held every first Friday of the month. Clear or cloudy nights the public viewing night goes ahead. Members man a number of telescopes of various sizes and types, and for those nights where the sky is cloudy, extended astronomical presentations are presented in the MPAS Viewing Centre.

So please come along and enjoy our nights sky.

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