Miami Valley Astronomical Society

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Miami Valley Astronomical Society serves two functions. The first and primary function is public education in astronomy and science. We promote education by bringing astronomy to the public through regular star-gazes at John Bryan State Park, special starĀ¬gazes at the Museum, and by opening the Apollo Observatory every Friday night.



Membership in the MVAS has many benefits and a few obligations. MVAS members have access to three observatories and an impressive battery of fine equipment. MVAS members have each other to teach, learn, and enjoy Amateur Astronomy. MVAS members receive a monthly newsletter, discounts on publications, membership in the Astronomical League, and opportunities to take club organized trips. MVAS members are asked to support the club by helping with some of the many public programs, maintaining and acquiring equipment, organize and hold an annual convention, and share skills.

Because of support from the membership and income from Apollo Rendezvous, membership dues are kept very low.

Anyone may join the MVAS. All meetings and programs are open the the general public with the exception of Apollo Rendezvous, which requires registration to attend.

Apollo Rendezvous

For over 40 years the MVAS has hosted the Apollo Rendezvous, one of the noted annual gatherings of amateur astronomers in the Midwest. Held in June each year, amateur astronomers join with friends and colleagues from around the world at the birthplace of aviation, Dayton, Ohio. The event is held two locations: The MVAS dark sky location, John Bryan State Park Observatory in Yellow Springs, OH and at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

Attendees can expect to see and hear noted astronomers and scientists. Get demonstrations of latest in astronomical gear presented by major exhibitors, and get a chance to participate in raffles and win doorprizes. The event usually includes (weather permitting) a BBQ and stargazing event.


MVAS members support a number of functions at local schools each year, and MVAS members work with young people on special projects including optical design and telescope making. We also provide information to the local media through newspaper articles and radio/TV announcements. Our second function is to promote amateur astronomy. The MVAS provides a forum where amateurs can get together, share ideas on astronomy subjects, learn from more experienced members, assist new or less experienced members, and simply enjoy the fellowship of a group of individuals sharing a common interest.

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