How do you form an Amateur Astronomers' club?





RE: Info needed on forming Astro Club in Wheeling


Wed, 5 May 2004 09:46:02 -0400


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The ASTRONOMICAL LEAGUE has lots of resources for amateur astronomers

in general and for astronomy CLUBS in particular. It's an amalgamation

of astronomy clubs that was officially formed 1947 July 4 at Franklin

Instituteís Fels Planetarium in Philadelphia. Although an earlier organizational

meeting had been held in the Summer of 1940 at Pittsburghís Buhl Planetarium,

World War II delayed the official formation of the organization.


The ASTRONOMICAL LEAGUE has a lot of resources and publications and observing

certificate programs (including the original Messier certificate program).


The page on their site which mentions RESOURCES for STARTING CLUBS is

at: <>


Formerly of Buhl Planetarium & Tour Guide at
Allegheny Observatory, Pittsburgh PA...
Not a Scientist & Not from Adler Planetarium.
For more information, or a clarification, send your request to the
Following electronic mail address: < >.
Editorís Note: This astronomically-related question was answered by a very experienced amateur
astronomer, who also works as a part-time Tour Guide at the Allegheny Observatory
in Pittsburgh. Allegheny Observatory provides public tours two nights a week from
April through October; pre-registration is necessary, but the tours are free-of-charge.
For many years, Eric G. Canali was Floor Manager for the original Buhl Planetarium
and Institute of Popular Science in Pittsburgh. He also was a long-time member of the
Amateur Astronomers' Association of Pittsburgh and is Founder of the South Hills
Backyard Astronomers.
Glenn A. Walsh, Author and Editor of History Web Sites on the Internet:
Electronic Mail - < >
* Buhl Planetarium, Pittsburgh: 
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* Adler Planetarium, Chicago: 
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* Astronomer & Optician John A. Brashear: 
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* Andrew Carnegie & Carnegie Libraries: 
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* Duquesne Incline cable-car railway, Pittsburgh: 
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