"Amateur" is not an insult.
An amateur astronomer is anybody who learns the skies. Anybody who may learn how to observe or photograph the incomprehensibly distant and huge objects out there. Anybody who may learn about spaceflight, or space in popular culture, or scientific history, or cosmology. Especially anybody who shares this knowledge with others - not because it's a paid occupation, not for recognition or praise, but because they love it.
Notice In-person meetings has resumed at Cranbrook and Macomb Community College, South Campus. We stream the meetings on WebEx and YouTube. Find information on all our events on our Meetup page, and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notifications about new videos and live online events!
Normally, we meet twice monthly indoors for presentations about astronomy: observations, science, culture, and history; and at least once a month under the stars for observing:
Cranbrook Institute of Science
39221 Woodward Ave.,
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Macomb Community College
South Campus, Room 208, Building E
(meeting room can vary - check Meetup)
14500 Twelve Mile Rd,
Warren, MI 48088
Whether you're an experienced stargazer or need help learning your telescope, you're sure to find somebody to talk to.
Members have the opportunity to check out telescopes and other equipment with a minimal deposit. If you're interested in getting into astronomy but don't know what sort of telescope you'd like, a risk-free trial can be a great help. Attend an event and find out just how much a committed amateur can do.
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