If you are a paid MARS member one of the benefits of your membership include being a member of the Astronomical League. Each month a different observation list will be featured. Complete the list and submit your records to receive a pin and certificate of completion.
Each member who completes the requirements for any of the observation lists and receives the award will receive one year free club membership.
Messier Program Introduction
Join us in our current Astronomical League challenge. This challenge is perfect for the novice astronomer. At minium all you need is a three-inch reflector to view these objects under the right conditions. Observe and record 70 Messier objects and win a free year of membership to MARS. Happy Hunting! Go Here
Want to Explore the Night Sky?
First and foremost, you'll want to join us for our monthly meetings. Our group of amateur astronomers love to share their knowledge of the night sky with others. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner with no knowledge what so ever or an avid skywatcher, we'd love to have you. We'll let you in on all the good viewing locations and skywatching events. So don't be shy, come out and join us.
Not sure if membership is what you want? Come out and join us anyway. It doesn't matter if you consider yourself an expert in astronomy or know next to nothing. We cater to everyone. Show up to a meeting, introduce yourself, ask us questions and meet some new people. We'd love to have you and it won't cost you a dime.
Here are some free planetarium programs that you can install on your home computer to cruise the night sky.
WinStars 2 uses 3D technology to show the objects of our solar system in a realistic manner.Download WinStar 2
Stellarium is a free open source planetarium software. It shows a realistic sky in 3d.Download Stellarium
Cartes Du Ciel
Cartes Du Ciel allows you to draw sky charts, making use of data from 16 catalogs of stars and nebulae. Download Cartes Du Ciel