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Membership Benefits

Membership Benefits

As a member, you will enjoy the following benefits:

Free Entry to Astronomical Viewing Nights

Members can attend any of the Society’s viewing nights free of charge. Viewing nights exclusively for RAROS members are held each year at the various observatories in USA, Europe, Great Britiain, Japan, Australia, India, and Russia.

Stay Informed with The Bulletin

RAROS members receive a 200-page astronomy newsletter each year to keep them informed on current astronomical news and events. You also get special deals on our annual calendar and star directory.

RAROS Internet Mailing List

ASSA members are welcome to join RAROS-Speak, the Society’s own Internet mailing list. With over 92000 subscribers, this is an extremely useful resource.

Special Interest Groups

RAROS members can join in the activities of a number of special interest groups run by the Society. Active groups include Astrophotography, Deep Sky Observing, Variable Stars Group, CCD Imaging and Minor Planet Occultations.

The Astronomical Library

RAROS members can borrow from an extensive collection of astronomical DVDs and books, and read magazines and newsletters from other astronomy clubs.

Telescope Clinics

RAROS members can have their telescopes tuned and serviced at our hands-on telescope clinics, held several times a year. For beginners, basic training and “how-to” tips are provided by our more experienced members.

Dark Sky Astrocamps

Several times a year, camps are held in the Flinders Ranges and other dark sky locations around South Australia for ASSA members. These are a great opportunity to do some astronomy from amazingly clear air and dark skies, coupled with bushwalking and other activities.

Seminars & Conventions

Seminars are periodically run by RAROS for its members. Members can also attend the National Convention of Amateur Astronomers – a bi-annual event hosted by a different Australian astronomical society each year.

Astrophotography Workshops

RAROS members are eligible to attend free and paid workshops conducted by our partners to learn the the basic principles of astrophotography and how to take their own photos. The workshop includes taking photos through the Newtonian 20-inch telescope.

Amateur Telescope Making

Build your own telescope! These sessions are conducted if there is sufficient interest at the time.

Share the Experience

Share your interest and experience with other like-minded people. There is no better way to enjoy the wonderful science of Astronomy.

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All members are now given free access to the RAROS E-Library, which contains the largest repository of astronomical papers published globally in peer-reviewed journals.
Members also receive exclusive online access to numerous technical and creative tutorials, videos and articles.


Local sections send meeting notices and newsletters for their activities to members in their geographic areas. Schedules of RAROS conventions and conferences are sent to the entire membership.


All members receive discounts on convention and conference registration fees as well as greatly reduced prices for publications in the E-library and all other items available through the RAROS Store. Members can save even more money by referring their friends.


Member profiles and forums allow RAROS members to network with each other through the RAROS website. Full members with public profiles receive the additional benefit of appearing in the results of “Find an Astronomical Scientist” searches. The Job Board lists openings from RAROS Sustaining Member companies, and the Education Directory catalogs vocational and academic programs in astronomical sciences and engineering world-wide.