Members receive publications that are produced by the Society:
The Observer's Handbook is an annual guide to the night sky,
containing over 200 pages of information on astronomical data and
phenomena. It is essential to any person who wishes to keep up with
the sky. Over ten thousand copies of The Handbook are sold annually to
non-members, and hundreds of libraries around the world subscribe to
The Journal is issued six times a year, and contains articles of
lasting interest to both amateur and professional astronomers, as well
as educators and the general reader. In addition to scientific and
special interest articles, the Journal contains news of Society
SkyNews. This Canadian magazine, published by the National Museum of
Science and Technology, is aimed at the novice and amateur astronomer
with up-to-date star charts and current information. RASC Observer's
Calendar. A forum for astrophotography by members of the Society. It
features outstanding images and lists events observable across Canada.
As a member of the Niagara Centre, you are entitled to two levels of
membership benefits: National and Centre.
The annual Observer's Handbook, an invaluable aid to the study of
the night sky.
The bimonthly Journal, containing a variety of articles on
astronomy and Society news.
SkyNews magazine, a Canadian magazine for the novice and amateur
Use of the Society's library of books, magazines and slides.
Participation in all the activities of the National Society and of
the local Centre.
The satisfaction of supporting and participating in astronomical
education and research.
Five issues per year of the bi-monthly (except summer) Niagara
Whirlpool, newsletter of the Niagara Centre.
Group subscription plans (optional) to Astronomy and Sky &
Access to the Niagara Centre E-Mail Discussion List and Members'
Area (a resource page exclusively for Niagara Centre members).
Use of the Centre's loaner telescopes: Coulter Odyssey 8, Edmund
Astroscan, Celestron C8. (Click here for borrowing details and
pics of the loaner telescopes.)
Use of the Centre's dark site observatory.
Participation in all Centre events and activities: monthly
meetings, star nights, ATM (Amateur Telescope Makers')
Group, Imaging Group, field trips, etc.
Fellowship and knowledge gained from novice through to expert
National Benefits (listed above).
Click here to join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
All new Niagara Centre members receive a warm welcome, and are encouraged to
become active participants in the Centre.
Membership Fees(Updated: Aug. 2014)
There are currently three classes of membership in the Niagara Centre:
Family: $ 74.00
+ $11.00 each additional
+ $5.50 each additional youth
Observing Certificate Programs:
By successfully completing these programs you are eligible for an
official certificate from the RASC. Observing certificates are a great
way to challenge yourself, learn more about the night sky and get the
most out of our challenging and rewarding hobby. To help administer
these programs, the Niagara Centre has become a Local Certification
Centre. Members who have completed their program(s) may apply directly
to Brian Pihack who will evaluate each submission and issue the
appropriate certificate(s). For more details about the certificate
programs, visit the RASC Observing Certificate Programs homepage.