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Los Angeles Astronomical Society
The Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS) has over 800 dedicated members who share a passionate interest in Astronomy and Astro- Photography. Their ages range from children to adults with skills ranging from beginners 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 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. As of March 2022, we are waiting for news from Griffith Observatory as to when the public star parties will resume.
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 a darker territory where the bigger LAAS scopes, such as the club's 16-inch Newtonian telescope can be used to observe the sky and the members can set up their own telescopes to observe and/or taking astrophotography pictures. 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. To request an outreach event, please use the REQUEST AN EVENT form. Complete the form and be sure to submit your informaton at the bottom of the form. Once we receive the form, we will be able to organize and schedule your event with our members. Before you request your event, look through our calendar of events and make sure that the date you choose is available.
We do not ask our members to volunteer for private parties and we do not rent telescopes to the public.
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 Park Observatory: Every Wednesday the LAAS opens up the Garvey Ranch Observatory in Monterey Park to the public. 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 throughout the year. If you have a new scope and need help setting it up, bring it to the observatory and ask one of our members for assistance.
We encourage all Boy or Girl Scout troops in Los Angeles County to join us for an evening of astronomy. Call: 213-673-7355 for info.
You are welcome to explore the Night Sky Network and use many of the resources available for the public without being a registered member.
If you have any questions, please write to Communications@LAAS.org for further information.