How we are funded.
HantsAstro is the first astronomy group of its kind. We offer full membership for free!
HantsAstro is run as a not-for-profit subsidiary of I.O Design Ltd, who initally funded the group.
We also offer a free electronic magazine, Look Up!, which is unique in the astronomy world.
As you can imagine running such an operation incurs considerable costs, which we endeavour to meet by offering advertising and sponsorship to the astronomy equipment industry, which allows us to continue to offer a free service to astronomers in Hampshire and beyond. In return, this should reciprocate with sales and promotion, which is great for astronomy and the businesses that rely on astronomy. Both are need to extend astronomy to new people. Everyone wins!
Unlike most astronomy groups, we pay expenses of those members who help out at various events. Chargeable observing sessions are run on a break even basis as we wish and astronomy, should be accessible to as many people as possible for the lowest possible cost.
We're not a charity and do not believe that any volunteers should financially support our cause.
We do not believe you should have to pay to look up at the sky, but sometimes the best views are worth paying a small price for.
Our Online store provides a service to our membership and the general public, and although run as a not-for-profit enterprise all profits are re-invested back into the group, to cover running costs and buy better equipment.
We are continually looking for new funding initiatives, and people to help us provide a better service and experience for anyone who comes into involved with us. Our approach is both semi-commercial and realistic. Like our supoorters, this is more than just a hobby. It's a way of life.
Please get in touch if you would like to get involved.
t:023 9261 7092
f:023 9257 0283