Memphis Astronomical Society

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M.A.S. Email Notices

The M.A.S. emails updates a few times a month. These include the Go/No Go notices for observing sessions that might be clouded out and monthly updates about the up coming programs at our General Meetings.

If you would like to subcribe to our email distribution list, please click on the link below.  We are currently using "Constant Contact" as our email distribution list provider.

M.A.S. email distribution list

YouTube Video Catalogs: (Courtesy of Bill Busler)

These are downloadable .PDF files with clickable links

These catalogs cover through October 2018.

We need a volunteer to keep these lists up to date!

M.A.S. YouTube Videos by Speaker

M.A.S. YouTube Videos by Topic

M.A.S. YouTube Videos by Date

M.A.S. YouTube - Short Course Videos

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.

Messier Observation Record & Instructions

Messier Marathon Observing List

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.

Variable Star Observing Instructions


Member forms and other documents
Observing Record form
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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