Members Community

  • Friendly advice and guidance from experienced recreational astronomers
  • Access to the SMCAS private email group, which provides access to information about astronomy in general and astronomy-related events, file exchange, and means of communication with fellow members.

SMCAS Events

  • General meetings are held the first Friday of most months, at 7 pm in the Integrated Science Center (ISC) Room and Planetarium in the Science Center (Bldg. 36) at the College of San Mateo (CSM), 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo. Meetings include lectures and presentations on space science, an activity session, and refreshments (usually pizza).
  • We also offer stargazing two Saturdays a month, weather permitting. Visitors and those without telescopes are welcome; members are glad to share! SMCAS also has sponsored dark-sky campouts at Fremont Peak State Park, field trips to SLAC, KIPAC, and Lick Observatory, plus member-only events, including Star-B-Ques and quarterly potlucks.


  • The Event Horizon: SMCAS’ monthly newsletter, with SMCAS and member information, viewing tips and articles.
  • The Reflector: Published quarterly by the Astronomical League, a national alliance of astronomy groups like SMCAS.

Significant Discounts on Equipment and Publications

  • Significant discounts (often worth more than the cost of membership) at Bay Area astronomical equipment retailers.
  • Discounts on astronomical publications and calendars.

Membership to the Astronomical League

  • As a member of SMCAS, you automatically become a member of the Astronomical League. You will receive their quarterly newsletter and be eligible for a 10% discount on their astronomical publications.

Bring an Appreciation of Astronomy and Science to the General to the public

  • Your SMCAS membership supports efforts to bring astronomy to the general public, especially to children and students.

Every membership is a family membership

  • Your membership includes all members of the immediate family, including your kids.
  • Annual Dues are:
    $30 Regular Family Membership
    $15 Full-Time Students

SMCAS is a is a tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.