No matter what your age, level of knowledge, or
interest in astronomy and space, we'd like to invite you to join the Ames Area
Amateur Astronomers (AAAA). The AAAA was founded in 1979 to bring together people
of all ages united by a common interest in the vast and magnificent universe around
us. The AAAA presently has about 70 member households from all over central Iowa and
beyond; our members range from casual stargazers and armchair space enthusiasts to
experienced amateur astronomers. Many are beginners who are interested in learning
more about astronomy, telescopes, and observing skills, and want to share their interests with others.
If you would like to join our club, you can either
subscribe using the Pay Pal link to the right or
PDF and mail it with your dues to our club address
PO Box 1961
Ames Iowa 50010
Activities include field trips, automatic membership in the Astronomical League
(a nationwide organization of amateur astronomers), and the Dark Sky Preservation Section.
Our organization is active in promoting better outdoor lighting practices which
minimize the amount of light going directly up into the sky. The unchecked
growth of light pollution in recent years has resulted in a substantial
diminishment of most everyone's access to the beauty of the night sky.
But the tide is turning. On the horizon one can see a night whenk the
sky will be darker than it is today, and efficient and glare-free lighting
will light our way only where and when it is needed, saving vast amounts of
energy, natural resources, and money in the process.
There are several broad categories that our club's activities fall into. These are:
Educational Outreach - Club members provide programs
for schools and educational groups as well as public star parties, spring through fall.
- Once club members are checked out on the telescope they are issued a key to the
observatory. These tasks along with occasional maintenance and upgrades of the
observatory are done by this section.
Monthly Meeting Programs
- At each month's meeting we try to have a speaker or activity of interest to
the group. We encourage members to suggest speakers and also present programs themselves.