About HiDAS


The High Desert Astronomical Society (HiDAS) is a nonprofit corporation
that was formed in 1986 to provide trained, volunteer astronomers to
operate and maintain the Lewis Center's astronomical equipment. A second
mandate is to foster and support the members' and general public's
interest in the science of astronomy.

HiDAS, through its corporate Board of Directors, oversees the Center's
observatory operations, which include:
  • Acquisition and maintenance of observatory equipment.
  • Training, certification and scheduling of its volunteer astronomers.
  • Providing support to further the Center's goals of advancing science
    and technology education. 


Thinking of Joining Our Society?

Here are some of the benefits of membership:

  • Access to the Luz Observatory and equipment.
  • Training in various astronomical studies.
  • Subscription to "Mirrored Image," the HiDAS monthly newsletter.
  • Access to the message forum and email list.
  • The ability to develop your astronomical skills as you work with other members and the public.
  • Discounts to leading science and astronomy magazines.

We offer three types of memberships:


$18.00 / year


$24.00 / year


$12.00 / year

 To join,  just print out the membership application using Adobe Acrobat, and mail it in with your payment.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Membership Application