Society For
Astronomical Sciences


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2013 Symposium
Read Sky/Tel Recap

2014 Symposium
Joint meeting with AAVSO and CBA.
See recap in Vol 12-3 newsletter.

2015 Symposium
2015 June 11-13

On-line registration is now open.
now open.
Symposium Videos
Videos of paper presentations from 2010 to-date are available on the Publications Page

Welcome to the Society for Astronomical Sciences

We are a group of amateur and professional astronomers dedicated to doing astronomical research spanning a wide range of fields, from asteroids, to variable stars, to cataclysmic stars, and almost anything between or beyond.Our mission is to foster interest and participation in astronomical research by backyard astronomers and to encourage publication in recognized journals. We also work to help form collaborations between the amateur and professional communities, primarily through our annual Symposium on Telescope Science



Lee Synder 
We are very sad to report that Lee Snyder passed away on 2015 March 29 after a long fight with cancer.  

His memorial is April 25th at the
Redfield Observatory
University of Nevada Reno

Saturday, April 25th,  2pm

Redfield Campus

18600 Wedge Pkwy.  (Mt. Rose Hwy)

Reno Nevada


Military Color guard honors start at 2:30 pm at the observatory outside.Meet and greet is 2pm. Memorial memoirs and talk inside to follow.

His family and friends will be filming and creating a DVD of his life. Remaining funds are donated to the university observatory department for the continuation of public viewing at the location of the McLean telescope that Lee used up near Mt. Rose for years.


If you want to send cards or gifts to give financial support the documentary and/or observatory fund, please contact


Cathianna Snyder Rosenthal

257 Coventry Dr

Carson City, Nevada 89703

(907) 388-5147
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In 2014, the Symposium on Telescope Science will celebrate its 33rd year. This has become one of the premiere pro-am events with 100-150 participants giving papers, attending workshops, and networking with fellow researchers.

If you're interested in devoting even a little of your telescope time to astronomical research, the Society is the place to find others with a similar interest in unlocking the secrets of the Universe. Come join us!

More About SAS
SAS Board member Robert Buchheim's presentation about SAS to the 2013 February Double Star Conference in Hawaii.