Is the ATS an American organization?

From the beginning, the ATS has been an International society and membership is encouraged world-wide. There are currently members in over a dozen countries, in all hemispheres. Technically, the ATS is a non-profit corporation under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, U.S. Since the great majority of the Charter Members and all of the original Officers were English-speaking, English has been adopted as the primary language of the Society.

How many members are there?

Currently, the ATS has over 250 members.

How do I join the ATS?

Just follow this link to the Membership webpage.

Do I have to own an antique telescope?

No, and many of our members are not collectors at all. Some are research astronomers; others are historians and librarians. Still others are institutions with major historical instruments. But many of our members are simply individuals with a keen interest in the history of the telescope and astronomical discovery, and anyone with an interest in these topics is encouraged to join. Of course, many members do own one or more antique telescopes and several members may be considered very serious collectors ... a few have world-class instruments!

Who should I contact at the Antique Telescope Society?

For most initial inquiries as well as submissions to the website, contact the Website Editor. Membership inquiries and official ATS correspondence should be directed to the ATS Secretary. Technical problems with the Website should be directed to the ATS Webmaster. Journal questions and correspondence should be addressed to ATS Journal Editor.