Astronomical Society is one of the oldest astronomy clubs in the United
States. Established sometime prior to 1932 as The Amateur Telescope
Makers of Spokane, the
name was changed to The Spokane Astronomical Society in 1967. We are a
nonprofit organization and a registered charity
with the state of Washington and the federal government.
have a wide range of experience from beginners to professional
Historically, the SAS has taken a positive and active role in sharing
expertise and time with the public. We conduct numerous star
parties and astronomy related presentations for local schools, clubs
organizations throughout the year as part our public outreach.
and encourage our members to
participate in the many activities we have to
offer. Serving on the Board of Directors, organizing a public event or
out with our
group are just a few of the
ways you can get
involved. The best part is that no experience is required. A simple
desire to help is
all the experience you need.
astronomy clubs, the SAS has a group of experienced amateur astronomers
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, these members
The SAS also
has an active Amateur Telescope Makers group. The
happy to teach you how to build your own telescope. One of our members
designed and built the world’s
portable amateur telescope! This scope is known as Hercules and has a primary
mirror which is over 41 inches across! The ATM group will even help you
improve or repair
any telescope you might have.
owns several telescopes, a modest
that is available
to members to use free of charge. Our dark sky observing site, located
near Fishtrap Lake, is an excellent place to escape the light pollution
city. Star parties are scheduled each month, weather permitting. These
parties are the best place to try out different telescopes and ask
before buying one.
explore our site and let us know what you think.
Wishing You Clear Skies,The Board of Directors