Birmingham Astronomical Society
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The Birmingham Astronomical Society was founded in 1977 in Birmingham, Alabama (USA), by amateur astronomers. Monthly meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Samford University Planetarium on the third Tuesday of each month. Monthly observing sessions (see star party), are held at dark sky site called Chandler Mountain (approximately 50 miles northeast of Birmingham) or at Oak Mountain State Park just south of Birmingham. There is also a Birmingham Astronomical Society based in the UK, which meets in the basement of Aston University, near Birmingham (UK) city centre every Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m.
The club seeks to promote and educate the public about astronomy, as well as providing members with a meaninful opportunity to learn and observe on their own.
In the Spring of 2006 the club held its first annual Messier marathon, which is an all night observing session where members try to locate and document the entire Messier Catalog. Members braved near freezing (or colder) temperatures and bitter winds, but the event was a great success.
According to the club website, "Membership in the Birmingham Astronomical Society is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy.You do not have to own a scope or have a knowledge of astronomy to enjoy the wonders of the night sky.
Dues are: $30 a year for families, $25 a year for individuals and $12 a year for students."
Applications are available on the website. See link below.
The club publishes a Quarterly Newsscope which is available on the website in .pdf format. In addition they have a Blog (located at http://www.bas-astro.com/blog)set[permanent dead link] up so members and non-members can discuss events of the day.