The Spokane Astronomical Society (SAS) was founded prior to 1932 as the Amateur Telescope Makers of Spokane. In 1967, the name was changed to the Spokane Astronomical Society. We are a nonprofit organization and a registered charity within the state of Washington.
Board of Directors
- Club President: Jim Picken
- Vice President: Michael Finch
- Secretary: Nick Monkman
- Treasurer: John Riegel
- Board Members: Paul Yost, Jenny Harrington, Rich Arnold, Mike Reitemeier
- John Riegel – Media Contact
- Debbie Cotten – Public Star Party and Outreach Coordinator
- Jenny Harrington – Newsletter Editor
- Gary Jewell – Librarian
- Jennifer Hicks – ALCOR
- John Riegel – Equipment Manager
- Dan Croskrey – Amateur Telescope Making
- Jamie Jewell – Refreshments
- Eric Strang – Observing Coordinator
- Richard Cummings – BSA/CAP Rep
- Paul Yost, Nick Monkman – Website
The SAS membership ranges from the true beginner to professional astronomers. The SAS encourages new and existing members to participate in the variety of club activities that are offered. Opportunities include but aren’t limited to serving on the Board of Directors, participating in outreach events, or helping with our Young Astronomers group. No experience is required, simply just a desire to help.
Like most astronomy clubs, the SAS has a group of experienced amateur astronomers who are always willing to help those members that new to the hobby. From locating objects in the sky, to advice on which telescope or eyepiece to buy, SAS members will help.
We have historically taken a positive and active roll when it comes to sharing both our time and expertise with the community. From star parties to presentations, we share our love of astronomy with schools, clubs, our local community and other organizations via year-round outreach events.
Amateur Telescope Makers (ATM)
The SAS has not forgotten its roots – our ATM group is still alive and well. The ATM group is happy to teach you how to build your own telescope. One of our members has even designed and built the world’s largest, portable amateur telescope! We can also help you improve or repair any telescope you might have. The ATM group meets monthly, separately from the SAS meetings.
The SAS has an equipment and telescope library available, along with a modest library of astronomy-related books. These materials are available for members to check out.