Who is FWAS?

Fort Wayne Astronomical Society is made up of and run completely by volunteers of all ages and levels of experience with astronomy. Some of our members have been active in FWAS since the 60s, while others have joined just this year. We welcome people from all walks of life, beliefs, and knowledge level. 

Some of our members volunteer and learn how to work the telescopes and run the observatory on Saturday stargazing nights. While that's always an option for anyone interested, there are no requirements that come along with becoming a member. All that's required is an interest in astronomy.


Membership Benefits:

  • Receive monthly newsletter "The Eyepiece," describing monthly programs and activities.
  • Discounts on Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines

  • Access to the club library of Astronomy books

  • Monthly observing at "dark sky" sites

  • Use of Jefferson Township Park site for observing with your equipment

  • Access to the Society's 16" telescope

  • Field trips to planetariums, observatories and museums

  • Special members-only nights at the observatory

  • Membership in the Astronomical League

Join or renew your membership:


After submitting membership dues, you will be asked to fill out a form. This last step helps us to know how to best communicate with you about membership and club happenings.


FWAS annual membership - Individual/Family - $36

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FWAS annual membership - Student - $25

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Other ways to join:

You can also join FWAS or renew your membership by filling out and printing a membership form. There are two ways to turn it in to us:

In Person
Print and fill out a membership form. Bring it and your form of payment to our next meeting

By mail
Send your membership form with payment to:

FWAS Membership
PO Box 11093
Fort Wayne, IN 46855

Hear from our members

I became a member of the society in 2003. At the time I didn’t have any knowledge about telescopes and what was in our cosmos. After learning I could become a key holder to our observatory and volunteer for the public on Saturday nights, I jumped onboard and was taught how to operate our telescope. The bonus was I was permitted to use our large telescope in the observatory anytime. My curiosity inspired me to learn more and have a greater understanding of our Universe. I took that knowledge further and studied books from our library and the internet on astronomy. I was even permitted to borrow telescopes from the society to take home. I discovered a new hobby and a way to teach others about it.
Adriane Day, FWAS member since 2003