Fort Worth Astronomical Society
The society was formed in 1949 and is still going strong today, more than 60 years later. Beginners and professionals are welcome as members, and this is a family friendly group. Star parties are frequent events where members gather and share tips, their experience, and their telescopes. Beginners are welcome to join and visit a star party to try out different telescopes owned by members, and therefore make a more informed decision about exactly which telescope they would like to purchase.
For just $40.00 per family you can join the Fort Worth Astronomical Society, and membership includes access to their dark sky observing site in Montague County, and the use of 6 club owned telescopes. The Society asks that you apply in person, so everyone can meet each other.
Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
The Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas was formed in 1955 for anyone who wished to make a habit of astronomy. On their extensive website you can access sun and moon setting and rising times, moon phase information, star charts, and telescope buying guides. This astronomical society meets every fourth Friday at the University of Texas at Dallas, in Richardson.
To join the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, membership is $40, with an additional $4 for each family member. Membership includes unlimited access to the dark sky observing site in Atoka, OK which is available to members year round. The observing site includes a telescope, telescope concrete pads with electricity, and showers. You may camp near the observing site.
In addition to these two wonderful astronomical societies, you may also enjoy visiting the exhibit at Monnig Meteorite Gallery. You can hold real meteorites that fell down from outer space. The Gallery features over 1,450 meteorites and is open to the public from 1:00pm to 4:00pm Tuesday through Friday and 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturdays, and admission is always free. Also, The Fort Worth Science and History Museum features a recently renovated planetarium. At the planetarium, you can view basic astronomy, a special show about black holes, or a children’s introduction to basic astronomy.