The Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS) has over 400 dedicated members who share a passionate interest in Astronomy. 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 over to show the public the wonders of the night.
Dark Sky Site: For members and guests only. This special once a month activity allows 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, really strut their stuff. 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 where we come to you to show and teach your school or group about the night sky.
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 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: This in depth 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.