Join or Renew Your Membership

Join the MAS or renew your membership today! We look forward to having you as part of our society of more than 600 amateur astronomers in Minnesota.

There are many benefits to becoming a member of the Minnesota Astronomical Society, including access to events, special discounts, loaner telescopes, access to observatories, news, forums, and much more.

Become a Member


When you join MAS, you automatically become a member of the national Astronomical League. Memberships are good for one year or two years and can be renewed as desired. Memberships are available in three different tiers: Student, Regular, and Patron. Select an option below to pay for your membership via PayPal. Alternatively, you can download and mail a paper membership registration. When joining, please take the time to fill out the Update Member Information web form, as contact info obtained from PayPal can often be incomplete or incorrect. If you are renewing your membership, please be sure your contact information is up-to-date. You can inform us of any changes via the same web form.

If this is a gift membership, please fill out this form for the recipient and indicate in the “Additional Comments / Notes” field that it was such a gift. Also indicate in the “Additional Comments / Notes” field any special handling you would like (such as delay or expedite timing of the recipient’s welcome letter, emailing you a .pdf of the welcome letter you can print out and hand directly to the recipient, any special messages you would like us to include in the recipient’s welcome letter, etc.)


Membership Options

Select membership options below, then proceed to the PayPal CheckOut.

Student Membership

Student - Select number of years:

MAS Scholarship (one year only for $10)

Full-time students are encouraged to join as members at a reduced rates. The reduced rate covers only the individual and not a household.  A limited amount of scholarships are available that reduce the Student membership rate to $10 – and are available for purchase one year at a time only.

Regular Membership

Select number of years:

This is the basic membership level for the Society. Regular members have access to all the benefits of membership. A regular membership includes the entire household of the member of record. (Only one member of record can vote on business matters.)

Membership dues are renewed every one or years on the anniversary of date the membership application was processed by the Society.

Patron Membership

Select number of years:

The ”Patron Member” level is for individuals who have the wherewithal and interest in supporting the MAS with an additional annual donation, above the regular membership rate.

Patron members receive all the benefits of regular membership, plus recognition in each month’s issue of the Society’s newsletter. The Society may also sponsor special events exclusively for patron members.

Optional Donation

Please consider adding an additional donation to the MAS General Fund to cover operating costs.

The MAS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax implications of your donation may depend on individual circumstances. Please consult a tax professional.

Select your optional donation below:

PayPal Checkout

Select the 'View Cart' button to finish your membership submission.  You will then be redirected to the membership information page, where you can update your information.

Please remember to Update Your Membership Information.

If this is a gift membership, please fill out this form for the recipient, and indicate in the comments field that it was such a gift.

PayPal Disclosure

By using PayPal, you agree to release MAS from liability for loss or damages incurred from using the PayPal system. PayPal charges a per-transaction fee which reduces the amount sent to the MAS. If you want the full amount of your membership dues to benefit the MAS, you could instead enter or renew your membership by printing and mailing a printed membership form.

Application Processing

Your application is not processed electronically, but manually by a volunteer. There can be a delay ranging from several days up to several weeks, depending upon when our membership coordinator batch processes membership applications and renewals. Please consider yourself a member as of the date you entered your application via PayPal or mailed your membership form. You will get your welcome letter and information in the mail after your membership application is processed. Please have patience.

Shared Directory Information

By default, new members are included in a MAS Membership directory available to members upon request. This list includes only your name, city/state, and email address (street address and phone numbers are not shared). Member contact information is also shared with the Astronomical League (of which you automatically become a member when you join the MAS). We do not share member information with any organizations outside the MAS and Astronomical League. You may request both the MAS to not place your information in the directory and the Astronomical League to not share your information by selecting “Do Not Publish” when you update your contact information.

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