Thank you for your interest in our society. A read through our website will outline the principle activities and aims of MSAS, including maps and information about how to get to the Sherwood Observatory.

We hold monthly members-only lecture meetings at the observatory, along with a number of other observing and training evenings for society members.

If you are interested in joining the society you can download a membership application form here:  MSAS Membership Application Form. This will then need to be completed and returned to our Secretary for approval by the committee.

The annual subscription is £48.00, charged pro rata according to when you join during the society's financial year, which runs from April to March. We also offer reduced rates for Junior members and Family groups - all the prices can be found within the Membership Application PDF above.

Unfortunately we can only accept members below the age of 16 as part of a family group since the society child protection policies do not permit members below the age of 16 unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.

Once a member has been with the society for a full year, they may choose to be trained in the use of the society's telescopes (see the telescope training page for more information). After a member has successfully completed the training course to the required standard, they may apply for a swipe-card and keys which enable access through the observatory security system, and enable full access to the telescope(s) the member has been trained to use. The swipe card and keys cost £15.00, which is refundable on termination of membership if the card and keys are returned.

If you have any further queries, please contact our Society Secretary by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..