ORAS Membership Benefits
1. Unlimited access to the future observatory site. During the current construction phase, the lane to the observing field will not always be accessible to vehicles. However, members are welcome to park along the main driveway and walk in. The site is a great place to get away from the lights and spend some quiet time with nature under the stars. As an ORAS member, you or friends and family you are accompanying can spend as much time at the observatory as you'd like. Come spend an evening or stay for the weekend -- the important thing is, you can work it around your schedule. You can even request your own key to the gate. Once the new observatory is complete, access to the building and telescope will be limited to those who have gone through the Observatory Training. Please contact Tim Spuck at 814-354-6515 if you are interested in this training.
2. Membership in the Astronomical League, of which ORAS is a member. There are many benefits to you as a result. You will get their quarterly newsletter, The Reflector, a 10% discount on astronomy-related books, observing awards, and much more (see their website at http://astroleague.org). Please return your membership renewal by June 15 each year to take advantage of this offer.
3. Membership in the ORAS Listserv, which will allow you to keep up to date on current astronomical events.
4. Telescope access at the observatory, as well as access to a robotic telescope near Perth, Australia. With remote access to this installation, you can be observing in the middle of the day from the comfort of your home. Working in collaboration with Clarion University of PA, Perth Observatory, and Skynet, ORAS manages 33% of the time on a 16-inch telescope "down under". ORAS members can access the scope via their computer and Skynet (https://skynet.unc.edu/). Annual training will be provided to new members interested in accessing the instrument, and a limited amount of free observing time will be included with your ORAS membership.
5. Knowing that your membership is supporting a valuable resource in our community. We are fortunate to have an observatory that's available to the public, one that can inspire children of all ages to learn what we think we know, and to dream about what we may not.
6. Access to many knowledgeable individuals in the field of amateur astronomy.
How to Join:
To sign up as a member of ORAS, please click below to to pay with PayPal or a credit card, or else print out and mail the paper application form. For summer and partial-year memberships, please use the paper form and send a check.