Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Through most of the 20th century amateur astronomers were
limited to a narrow range of activities dominated by telescope building
and visual observing.
Thanks to advances in technology, an explosion of interest
in astronomy and a large selection of affordable 'off the shelf'
equipment, 21st century amateurs can find themselves overwhelmed by the
many avenues of participation and exploration open to them. Helping
today's amateurs navigate this labyrinth of options is a crucial service
today's astronomical clubs and societies provide.
The Minnesota Astronomical Society addresses this need in
a number of ways. One of our most effective (and popular) approaches
is our 'special interest groups', or 'SIGs'.
What's a SIG? Simply put, it is a group of members
who join together to focus on a particular area of interest or to
work jointly on a project. Of course, members can always meet on
their own without creating a SIG, but forming a group offers special
advantages. SIGs are promoted at general meetings, through our monthly
newsletter and via the Society's web page.
Our SIGs address a broad range of needs and interests --
from people just beginning their lifetime journey of astronomical
exploration to amateurs pursuing advanced astronomical research. In
this section, you'll find information regarding all our
Contact the individual(s) listed for information or to join a SIG.