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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.

David Woods
HantsAstro
david.woods@hantsastro.org
t:023 9261 7092
f:023 9257 0283
skype: iodesign

More information can be found in Look Up!, where there are more details on our plans and progress. Registration is free (and easy...)To join HantsAstro, just download our simple PDF membership application form, save it to your PC, fill in the form on-screen, save and e-mail it back to membership@hantsastro.org. Or print it off, write and pop it in the post.
The choice is yours.

Join today, It really costs nothing to join in!

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