Simply fill in thethat can be downloaded from our website or to be given by the Membership Committee. First-year membership fee is P500 and P300 annually on succeeding years. Please check with the Membership Committee for Lifetime membership and Institutional membership fees.
No tests, no interviews, no initiations. Your membership is based on your interest in astronomy and on your desire to learn. Please check the Membership's handbook for all detailed info.
As a member, you can attend our monthly meetings (though guests are welcome) and learn, learn, learn for free from the lectures; join the astrocamps, stargazings, out-of-town observation sessions (OOTOS) and all other year-round activities; receive the bimonthly newsletter; communicate/socialize with all other members; be a meeting lecturer if you choose to be one, etc., etc.
Do you impose an age limit in the membership?
Ooops, no. PAS members come in all ages from elementary students to retirees. Our monthly meetings and events usually show attendees of all ages coming together for the same love of the heavens.
Do I need to have a telescope to join?
Absolutely not. Many members do not have telescopes. PAS has its own telescopes that you may learn to use or that you can use during the periodic stargazings and out-of-town observations. You are encouraged to join us during these events. If eventually, you may want to own a telescope yourself, then we can surely help you buy one.
Can I bring friends and family along during stargazing?
Actually, PAS encourages you to bring guests, friends, and family during these observations, meetings, and all its activities. It's free - a public outreach program of PAS to promote astronomy. These events are usually announced in our Forum (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in our website way ahead of time to best prepare for the activity.
How can I best participate in the organizational activities?
It's best for you to volunteer in any one of the Committees of your choice. We do need help, and your input is very much welcome.
If I want to buy a telescope, where can I buy this?
A PASer now sells telescopes and accessories for a very reasonable price with taxes, shipping fees already priced in. Or if you have a friend or relative abroad, you may order your telescope through them and have them carry it for you to the Philippines. However, please research on the telescope that best suits your needs and budget. The experts in our society would be very happy to help you in this regard.
Can I be a member even if I don't live in the Philippines?
Absolutely. We have members worldwide - Canada, US, Australia, Dubai, Singapore, etc. Members also come from far-flung cities here in the Philippines but manage to get in touch through emails and the PAS Forum.
My parents do not allow me to stay out at night for urban observations, what can I do so they'll allow me to join?
That's understandable. So why not invite your parents to come along? See above question.
But schools usually have astrocamps coordinated with us or with other organizations for a set fee, the amount of which varies depending on the group contacted by your school. PAS requests for donations only to help in the organizational funding mostly for the National Astronomy Week activities where contests involving high schools and elementary schools are conducted and cash prizes, medals, and trophies are given to winners.
Can I invite lecturers from your organization for our school when we have the Science Week or other activities?
Yes and rightly so. Many PAS members usually give free lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics in schools especially during the National Astronomy Week on the third week of February. Note that the Astronomy instructors too at the Rizal Technological University are members of the Philippine Astronomical Society. If you read the 2009 Appulse issues, you will note the almost weekly lectures given by Engr. Camilo Dacanay in different colleges and universities on their invitation. Again, these lectures are for free.