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Benefits of Membership

The DVAA is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that has a long and storied history of service to both its members and the public at large.  Our mission, as set out in the first article of our bylaws, is (a) to aid and encourage amateur astronomers in observation and scientific research projects, (b) to encourage cooperation and the exchange of ideas among amateur astronomers and (c) to interest and educate the general public in the science of astronomy.  To serve those ends club membership confers a number of unique benefits:

  • Monthly subscription to our award-winning newsletter, the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomer.
  • Access to private dark-sky events plus a regular cadence of local observing.
  • Access to Colonial Observatory (in Plymouth Meeting).
  • Ability to attend special member-only trips, like our recent trip to Sproul Observatory.
  • Reciprocal membership in the Astronomical League, including a quarterly subscription to The Reflector.
  • Discounted rentals on club equipment.
  • Access to a number of advanced features on our great and evolving member-focused website.
  • Voting privileges in our annual DVAA elections. 
  • Ability to attend numerous member-only events (i.e. Messier Meetings, Solar Saturdays, etc.)
  • Membership in a well-trafficked DVAA-oriented listserv (
  • Special discounted rates on subscriptions to Astronomy and Sky & Telescope magazines.

The most important benefit we offer is nothing more than the chance to regularly interact with a great group of astronomically minded enthusiasts, whether at large-scale events like our star parties and monthly meetings or in more intimate settings like our member’s homes or even Gullifty’s; a favorite after-meeting hangout. Our people love astronomy and it shows!

Membership Levels

Regular - $40/year - Permitted to vote and eligible to hold office

Family - $60/year - Two or more members in the same household, bundled up to 9 members. Each adult member permitted to vote and eligible to hold office.

Junior - $40/year Ages 12-17.; permitted to vote but not to hold office.

Contributing - $55/year - Regular members wishing to make a voluntary donation of $15 in addition to the $40 dues. Permitted to vote and eligible to hold office.