Become a Member of SVAS

Astronomy for our Members
The SVAS is a service-oriented membership organization that does a lot for its members. Some of those many services include:

  • Monthly Member Star Parties
  • STAR-B-Q! (Our Big Annual Star Party)
  • First Light Team (Help for Beginners!)
  • Amateur Telescope Making (find out more here)
  • Observatories under Dark Skies
  • Observatory Memberships
  • Loaner Scopes (find out more here)
  • Night Sky Network
  • Gift Certificate and Discount from Woodland Hills Telescopes (see below)
  • Free General Meetings w/ Renowned Speakers
  • Members Only Email Groups
  • Observatory Membership
  • and more!

The SVAS offers general members of 6 months or more, the option of upgrading their general membership to an observatory membership, subject to certification by the Observatory Director and Board approval. Observatory membership costs an additional $48 per year beyond the $36 General Membership dues and entitles personal access to HGO, subject to published rules. Access includes use of the 16″ Ritchey-Chretien, warm-up room, observing chamber and any other equipment available. Candidates for observatory membership go through proper certification procedures with the Observatory Director and, upon board approval and submission of payment, will receive their key for HGO. Observatory members can use the Yahoo SVAS-Members email group for scheduling use and for updates regarding HGO. Observatory members are also asked to help maintain the observatory.

Woodland Hills Telescopes

Woodland Hills Telescopes ( offers SVAS members a Gift Certificate equivalent to the value of the yearly membership dues. Plus, once a member has purchased from WHT, members will enjoy even more savings in the form of an on-line credit of 2.5% to use toward future accessory purchases. Contact Walt for more information.

How to Become a Member

To become a member of the SVAS, please use our Online Membership form to fill out, print, and mail the application to the address indicated on the form along with a check for your yearly dues. The online form is designed to work with Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge browsers. If you have problems with this, use the PDF Membership form to print and fill out offline.

SVAS Membership Application

Important Note:

Approval of all SVAS membership applications must be voted on by the Officers and Directors of the Board. This occurs at the monthly Board Meeting held on the third Friday of each month. (See Meetings Page for detailed info). Prospective members are welcome (but not required) to come and introduce themselves to the board, as this is an open process. Please keep in mind that this process could result in a delay in hearing from us about your membership status.