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Manchester Astronomical Society
Established 1903

Membership Information

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy.
If you are considering joining the society you are welcome to come down to see us at one or two of our meetings prior to joining.

Membership is not automatically granted - your application needs to be proposed and seconded by the MAS Council.

Membership benefits

  • Access to the Godlee Telescopes for visual observing or imaging

  • Use of the society library where you can borrow books, videos, CD's and DVD's

  • Telescopes available for loan to members

  • Advice from experienced members

  • Weekly meetings on all aspects of Astronomy

  • Society magazine “Current Notes”

Weekly Meetings

The society holds meetings every Thursday evening in the Godlee Observatory (except Public Lecture nights and at Christmas & New Year). See the Meetings page for more information.

Membership Subscriptions

  • Adult Membership: £25.00 per annum

  • Student Membership (under 18 or in full-time education): 50% of adult subscription (£12.50 per annum)

If paying via PayPal, a Transaction fee of £1.00 is added to the above subscription rates.

The membership year is from 1st October to 30th September.


If joining after the AGM (3rd Thursday in April) but prior to July 1st, the annual subscription is halved.
If you join after July 1st, the full subscription is payable but you don't pay again until October 1st the following year.


If you wish to join the Society, you may print out a membership Application form, and post it with your subscription to the address on the form, or bring it along to one of the meetings.

(NOTE: Due to CoVID-19, we cannot access any mail sent to the Godlee Observatory, so please e-mail a completed Application form to the society using an address on the "Contact Us" page) You can also pay using PayPal, Credit/Debit cards, inc. American Express, or Bank Transfer - see the Home page. You must also submit your application form as above, even if paying "online".

Please note that membership cards are not normally sent out by post; they must be collected at a Society meeting. However, for the 2021/2022 membership year, beginning 1st October 2021, it may be necessary to post the cards.

The Rules of the Manchester Astronomical Society are available for your reference.

Health & Safety Notice

Safety procedures within the Godlee Observatory are maintained for the safety of members, staff and visitors to the observatory.
All visitors must be accompanied by a warden or a trained society member when entering the Godlee dome.
Please note that due to Health and Safety restrictions, persons under 11 years of age are not allowed to use the spiral staircase nor enter the Godlee dome area (where the telescopes are situated).
The walkway on the outside of the dome is not accessible.
All persons in the Godlee Observatory complex must observe all safety procedures and notices as indicated or advised.
All group visits must be pre-arranged to ensure there are an appropriate number of trained personnel present; this may require a risk assessment.
All visitors will receive safety instruction upon arrival.