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February 23, 2008
About the Minnesota Astronomical Society
In 1972, Minneapolis-based E&W Optical Company
was a haven for Twin Cities amateur astronomers seeking advice,
optics for their projects or for commercially
produced telescopes and accessories.
That year, then-president of the 3M Club Astronomical
Society, Jim Fox, placed a poster at E&W suggesting to readers that
"An Amateur Astronomy Club May Be Right For You". A dozen potential members
attended an organizing meeting in November of 1972 at the Science Museum of
Minnesota. The 'Twin City Astronomy
Club' was born.
From this humble beginning grew the Minnesota Astronomical
Society. Today, more than thirty years later, membership in the MAS
exceeds 450 and we are one of the largest and most active amateur astronomy organizations in the
Within this section of the web site, you can learn about
the MAS and our activities. Specific information includes:
A "frequently asked questions",
or "FAQ" section addressing the most
common inquiries about the Society.
An overview of the Society's monthly, business and
Information regarding the Society's current
leadership (including contact information), and a directory
of other individuals responsible for various aspects of our
The MAS constitution.
A brief history of the
A handy media guide
providing news organizations and other media outlets with basic
information and facts about the MAS.