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Mission Statement

The primary goal of the AAAA is to foster interest in amateur astronomy by developing and promoting programs for its membership, and the amateur community at large, in the areas of observational astronomy and electronic communications via the Internet. 

AstroMax, the AAAA's Online Store, offers a select line of carefully chosen products to help people get started in the hobby of Amateur Astronomy, and to enhance their enjoyment of the Night Sky.

The American Association of Amateur Astronomers is also interested in promoting the services and activities of the Astronomical League to those individuals who do not have access to a local astronomy club, or whose local astronomy club is not a member of the Astronomical League. We do this by encouraging you to join the Astronomical League as a Member-at-Large.

The American Association of Amateur Astronomers is a private organization founded by John Wagoner and Ed Flaspoehler in 1996. 

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Bill Geertsen
Timonium, MD USA
Wednesday, May 26, 1999 at 09:04:00 (CDT)

How is the AAAA different from the AL? If I am a member of the AL through my Society, am I also a member of AAAA?

As always,

Dear Bill:

The Astronomical League is A FEDERATION OF ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETIES. It currently counts as its membership 232 astronomical societies with 17,000 members nationwide. The League is a 501(c).3 non-profit organization which was officially established over 50 years ago, in November 1946.

The American Association of Amateur Astronomers is NO LONGER a member society of the Astronomical League. As such, we are not authorized to provide our members with any of the benefits that the Astronomical League offers to members of any of its affiliated societies, including observing awards and a subscription to the REFLECTOR, the AL newsletter.

The American Association of Amateur Astronomers has evolved into an online resource for amateur astronomers worldwide. Our resources and information are free to everyone online for the browsing. If you wish to join an astronomy club and receive the benefits of being a member of the Astronomical League, but do not have an astronomy club near where you live, consider joining the Astronomical League as a Member-at-Large.

Ed Flaspoehler, President
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