Anyone interested, passionate, or with a love of astronomy is welcome to join the WSAAG Club. A telescope is not a requirement, nor is an encyclopaedic knowledge of astronomy. By joining us you get the chance to:
- Meet people who share your passion and interest;
- Make some new friends;
- Get assistance with that newly purchased telescope;
- Attend talks on topics of astronomical interest from professionals and others;
- Participate and gain from many other benefits, too numerous to mention.
The membership fees for 2020 are:
Individual - $50
Family - $70
Student or Pensioner - $30
Membership is annual and entitles members to the WSAAG newsletter, free entry to the Beames' Observatory at Linden, voting at WSAAG elections, and to hold an office in the WSAAG committee (subject to the Club's constitution and the laws of New South Wales).
Family Membership: Includes an applicant plus spouse/partner with or without dependent school age children who are still at school or completing tertiary studies. It does not cover brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, grandparents or other immediate or extended family members of applicant.
Pension and Student Membership: Student membership covers any student while they are at school or completing tertiary studies. Pension membership is only applicable to those who have a current pension concession card – a seniors card by itself does not qualify for a pension membership.
For existing memberships your fees are due on the first day of July.
For new members who join on or after the 1st April, your membership also covers the next year (e.g. you join on 20 April, 2020 and do not have to renew till 1 July, 2021).
To join, you are required to fill out and return the Application for Membership form along with payment. It is not necessary for a proponent to sign your membership application prior to joining WSAAG.
We strongly recommend that prospective members attend one or two of our events (club meeting or observing night) as a visitor before deciding to join as this gives you a better idea of what we do and what the club has to offer before submitting a membership application. Details of proposed viewing sessions can be found on the Events Calendar page under the Club tab on our home page.
Prospective members should present their membership application in person at a club meeting as we are required to sight your photo identification. Club meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at the Western Sydney University Penrith Observatory. No meetings are held in December and January. You can also send the form by email and pay online, but we need to sight your identification before your membership can be officially approved.
We do not accept membership applications or payments at Linden or at any designated observing session.