Joining the Midlands Astronomy Club

  • Do I have to have a Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics? No!
  • Do I have to have thousands of dollars worth of equipment? No!
  • Will I have to build my own telescope? Only if you want to!

There are no pre-requisites for becoming a member of MAC - well, maybe just one... an interest in Astronomy! Our members come from all walks of life and all levels of expertise, from newcomers who have never looked through a telescope to professional astronomers and published astrophotographers. The common denominator is our interest in Astronomy.


  1. Please fill out a MEMBERSHIP FORM first.
  2. Choose the appropriate membership level from the options below. Use the "Pay Now" button to pay through PayPal (a small processing fee applies). You may also pay by cash or check at a club meeting, or you can mail a check to P.O. Box 2527, Columbia, SC 29202.
Membership Type Annual Dues Recommended for... Member Benefits
Recommended if your spouse or other family members might occasionally visit meetings and observing sessions but do not desire to participate.
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Refreshments at meetings
  • Voting privileges
  • Access to private dark-sky observing
  • Membership with the Astronomical League
  • Invitation to special club events
Recommended if more than one family member plans to attend and participate in club events. Family members must live in the same household.
Any full-time student under 25 years of age.
Newsletter Free
For those who can't make it to club events but would like to stay in touch.
  • Monthly newsletter only

We do welcome visitors to both the regular meetings and observing sessions, but if you find yourself regularly attending meetings and events, please consider joining!