Welcome to the website for the Student Astronomical Society at Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida!
We are a friendly student run organization interested in amateur astronomy techniques and equipment. Our club focuses on astronomy and space-related activities such as observing with telescopes, attending astronomy lectures, visiting observatories and planetariums, visiting Kennedy Space Center, watching rocket launches, hosting star parties, and many other exciting events.
SAS is very excited to have access to a wealth of astronomical equipment that we try to use as often as possible. The club is normally allotted one night a month on the 32 inch Ortega Telescope- the largest in the state of Florida! We also have access to numerous small sized telescopes ranging from 4 inches to 8 inches that can be used on the roof of the Olin Physical Sciences Building, at the Big Slab Observatory, or at remote locations off the Florida Tech campus. We also have a 16 inch Newtonian telescope that can be used at the BSO. This equipment allows students to see the universe and be wowed by it!
We also work closely with the Physics and Space Sciences Department and the Melbourne Astronomical Society (MAS). MAS is a community based club comprised of local residents who are interested in amateur astronomy and astrophotography. Students can officially join MAS at a reduced rate of $5 per year. We recommend that our members try to make the MAS meetings because you get to know people who are deeply passionate about the hobby. They also have a lot of information on upcoming star parties and other activities in the area.
Interested in sporting a shirt with the SAS logo on it? Check out our online shop at http://www.cafepress.com/sasfloridatech
SAS is an officially registered student organization at Florida Tech; all students are welcome and membership is free.