University Lowbrow Astronomers

The University Lowbrow Astronomers

Who Are We?

We are a diverse group of around 200 amateur astronomers, ranging from amateur telescope makers to professional rocket scientists (really!). Some of us just like to read, while others like to get out and observe or photograph the heavens. The bottom line is that we all have a more than casual interest in astronomy, and you do not have to be a student or alumnus of the University of Michigan to join! Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, we hope that you will find us to be friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to be with. The University Lowbrow Astronomers are an Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 501(c)(7) “Social Club” organization. While the Lowbrows do not make a profit, in the eyes of the IRS we are NOT a not-for-profit organization. This means that donations to us ARE NOT tax-deductible.


Your dues (see below) entitles you and your immediate family (spouse and children) to the following benefits:




Charles Nielsen

(734) 747-6585  

cdnielsen1 at aol dot com

President Emeritus

Dr. Mark Vincent   

Vice Presidents

Adrian Bradley

(313) 354-5346


Jim Forrester



Dave Snyder



Brian Ottum



Doug Scobel



Newsletter Editor

Amy Cantu

Observatory Director   

Jack Brisbin

(734) 455-7827

Observatory Director Emeritus   

Percival Lowell (deceased)


Krishna Rao



Online Coordinator Jeff Kopmanis

The Observatory Committee

Jack Brisbin     Ken Cook     Jim Forrester      Tom Ryan
Kurt Hillig     Yasuharu Inugi     Mike Kurylo     D C Moons
Nathan Murphy     Charlie Nielsen     Mike Radwick  
Dave Snyder      

Joining the Club or Renewing Your Membership

Annual dues are:

To join the Lowbrows, send an email to the club treasurer at and they'll send you complete instructions.

For comments about this web site or to obtain more information about the club, contact us.


The club operates under a set of by-laws. The by-laws were approved in April 2003 and revised in April 2010 and in September 2020. View the current by-laws.


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