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Benefits of Membership

The DVAA is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that is dedicated to sharing the wonders of science and the Universe with people both young and old.


We offer a broad range of benefits to our membership such as frequent presentations by world-class scientists and astronomy enthusiasts, a monthly subscription to our award-winning newsletter, a slew of public and private star-parties, mentorship, education, and more:

  • Access to private dark-sky events plus a regular cadence of local observing.
  • Access to Colonial Observatory (in Plymouth Meeting).
  • Ability to attend special member-only trips, like our recent trip to Sproul Observatory.
  • Reciprocal membership in the Astronomical League, including:
    • Access to the League's numerous observing programs.
    • Quarterly subscription to the League's premier publication: The Reflector.
  • Discounted rentals on club equipment.
  • Access to a number of advanced features on our great and evolving member-focused website.
  • Ability to attend numerous member-only events (i.e. Messier Meetings, Solar Saturdays, etc.)
  • Membership in a well-trafficked DVAA-oriented listserv (
  • Special discounted rates on subscriptions to Astronomy and Sky & Telescope magazines.

The most important benefit we offer is nothing more than the chance to regularly interact with a great group of astronomically minded enthusiasts, whether at large-scale events like our star parties and monthly meetings or in more intimate settings like our member’s homes or even Gullifty’s; a favorite after-meeting hangout. Our people love astronomy and it shows!

Membership Levels

Regular - $40/year - Permitted to vote and eligible to hold office

Family - $60/year - Two or more members in the same household, bundled up to 9 members. Each adult member permitted to vote and eligible to hold office.

Junior - $40/year Ages 12-17.; permitted to vote but not to hold office.

Contributing - $55/year - Regular members wishing to make a voluntary donation of $15 in addition to the $40 dues. Permitted to vote and eligible to hold office.