In partnership with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Los Angeles Astronomical Society
The Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS) has over 400 dedicated members who share a passionate interest in Astronomy and Astro Photography. Their ages range from children to adults with skills from beginning astronomer to professionals in the fields of Astronomy and Space Science. Our members are helpful and enjoy teaching others about telescopes and how to use them. Our society also offers the following:
Public Star Parties: Every month, hosted at the Griffith Observatory, LAAS members come from all parts of Los Angeles county to show the public the wonders of the night.
Dark Sky Site: For members and guests only. This special once a month activity allows our LAAS members a place to escape from the LA lights to darker territory where the bigger LAAS scopes, such as the 16 inch Newtonian and the 31 inch Clyde-O-Scope are used for observing. We also host Family Nights in the warmer months when club members bring their families and friends along to enjoy a night of dark sky observation and even camp out under the stars.
Public Outreach Program: The LAAS runs a large Outreach Program and several of our members will bring telescopes to your school or organization. We do not ask our members to volunteer for private parties and we do not rent out telescopes to the public.
If you would like our members to bring telescopes to your school, please click on "Request An Event" above and complete the form that opens. Make sure you follow any instructions at the bottom of the form. Then click "Submit" to send us the form. Look through our calendar of events and make sure that the date you choose is available.
Mirror and Telescope Making: Extensive teaching and tools are available to help you build your very own telescope at the Garvey Ranch Observatory/Workshop. These classes are free to the public.
Garvey Nights at the Garvey Ranch Observatory: Every Wednesday the LAAS opens up the Garvey Ranch Observatory in Monterey Park to the public and to members to use the onsite telescopes such as the 8 inch D&G Refractor in the dome. We have seasonal free astronomy classes for the public, fun and educational "Science Nights" and star parties out on the lawn in front of the observatory. We encourage all youth groups and Boy or Girl Scout troops in Los Angeles County to join us for an evening of astronomy. Call: 213-673-7355 for info.
LAAS Library: Our library of books and magazines is available to members and to a limited extent, the public. We have a fine source of books related to astronomy from telescope making to supernovas.
Loaner Program: A long-standing and well-run program where members check out telescopes of various designs to learn what they want in a telescope and at the same time, learn the night sky. This is a free club benefit for all members of the LAAS.