Anyone interested in astronomy is eligible for membership. There are no entry requirements and we try to have some of our meetings suitable for beginners to astronomy. Our meetings are normally open to non-members so please feel free to come to a meeting or two before deciding if you want to join us as a member. While we are predominantly a local Edinburgh society, we do have members from all over the UK and the world. Please be aware that if you are not local we cannot guarantee to be able to offer you all the benefits of membership e.g. telescope loans.

Download an application form, complete it and return to the Treasurer or, preferably


Gift Memberships

Gift memberships* are now available. Please get in touch if you want to apply for one for someone. When you send the subscription fee we will send you a certificate to print out. The applicant can then fill out the membership form and supply the certificate as proof of payment.

We are a society that exists for it’s members so can’t really guarantee anything in the same way a gift company would. Basically you would just be a member the same as any other member, take part in whatever happens to be going on and can contribute to the Society including being more involved live on Zoom and receive the members only regular newsletter emails. That being said, the benefits of membership are shown below.

Benefits of membership

  • attend all meetings of the Society as well as the ordinary meetings
  • take part in meetings on Zoom
  • receive regular (usually weekly) member-only email newsletters
  • be part of the Imaging & Observing Group and attend their meetings
  • vote at the AGM and any Special Meetings that may be called
  • take part in events organised by the society
  • make short members presentations at ordinary meetings if they wish to
  • be involved in any group observing sessions that may be organised
  • get help and support from experienced amateur astronomers
  • access the member only area of the website
  • borrow Society equipment – which is often available (you will need to be local to Edinburgh for this)
  • access the Society library of books (again for local members)
  • apply to become a Council member after 1 year of membership


The annual subscription is payable on the 1st of October, the rate being determined by the Council. Subscriptions may be paid by Standing Order to the Society’s bank account, or by cash or cheque to the Treasurer. Standing order details may be obtained from the Treasurer.

Full from 1 Jan 2020Concessionary from 1 Jan 2020
Members renewing,
for period October to September
(12 months)
New applications before the end
of March, for period to September
(6 to 12 months)
New applications after the start of
April, for period to September of the
following year (12 to 18 months)

The concessionary rate applies to Junior members (under 18), pensioners, students and unwaged persons.


Members must agree to abide by the Constitution of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh.

The Society is a registered Scottish Charity SC022968. The charitable object is to advance the education of the public about the science of astronomy and to promote astronomical research chiefly in Edinburgh and its neighbourhood. In furtherance thereof:

  • (a) to circulate information on astronomical matters by the publication of articles, books etc;
  • (b) to encourage astronomical study and observation; and
  • (c) to increase popular interest in astronomy.

* Memberships are subject to accepting the Society’s Constitution.