Memphis Astronomical Society

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M.A.S. Email Groups

The M.A.S. is currently switching our email distribution lists to a program called Constant Contact. We maintain two lists:

General M.A.S. Information including our monthly news letter, The Meteorwrite

M.A.S. Observing List - for "Go/No Go" notifications of planned observing sessions

If you would like to be included on one or both of these email distribution lists, please send an email to ""

M.A.S. News Letter

M.A.S. Books

M.A.S. Membership

Membership in the Memphis Astronomical Society is NOT required to attend our meetings or observing sessions - ever.

However, if you wish to join our organization, please fill out an application form at our next General Meeting. All applications are reviewed at the next meeting of the M.A.S. Board of Directors. Upon approval, you will be provide information for accessing MemberPlanet. There you will be able to pay for your mebership by credit card if you prefer.

Memphis Astronomical Society's MemberPlanet Portal

M.A.S. Awards Programs

Basic Observing Awards: In keeping with our mission of “promoting understanding of the science of astronomy” we are happy to offer our MAS Awards Program.  Members can participate and earn recognition by completing one of or all four modules:

Stars/Constellations/Planets module

Moon module

Sun module- coming soon

Deep Space Objects module- coming soon

For anyone just beginning their astronomy study, the Basic (Stars/Constellations/Planets) will provide a solid foundation.  In addition to offering the self-study module, members of the Memphis Astronomical Society can assist through a “Mentor” program to help you get started and stay on track as your passion for astronomy grows.

The Messier Observing Awards - One award is offered for observing 80 of the objects in this catalog, another is offered for observing the remaining. See the links in the table below for instructions and record forms.

The Variable Star Award - The only science in which amateurs can still make a genuine contribution is astronomy. One of the most valuable contributions an amateur can make is the observation of variable stars. See additional information in the links located in the table below.

Member forms and other documents

New Scope Help

Observing Record form

Basic Observing Awards

Messier Observation Record & Instructions

Messier Marathon Observing List


Variable Star Observing Instructions
General Meeting Map
M.A.S. Observing Site Regulations - PLEASE READ

M.A.S. Library List

How to buy a new Telescope?
Need help with a new Telescope?
How to Align a Newtonian Telescope
Newtonian Alignment Abbreviated version


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