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.