Welcome to the Battle Point Astronomical Association


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Astronomy Day and Aurora Planetarium Show at Ritchie Observatory October 4, 5 to 10 pm.

Come join the astronomers of the Battlepoint Astronomical Association for Astronomy Day, October 4th, 5 to 10 pm. Activities include tours of the observatory and the best view of Battlepoint Park. There will be demonstrations, viewing the sun through solar telescopes, star gazing at night, journey to a comet and a 7 pm planetarium show on Auroras.

Upcoming Classes


Intro to Amateur Astronomy – Fall & Winter Sky

Find your way around the night sky with Battle Point Astronomical Association’s. Each session is split between astronomy lectures, working with telescopes and learning about the night sky. Class topics include telescopes, the art of observing, solar system objects, constellations, star hopping, planets, nebulas, galaxies, strange sky phenomena, astrophotography, computer programs and more. Class will extend beyond the scheduled end time for telescope viewing (weather dependent). Held at Ritchie Observatory Thursday evenings starting October 2 through November 6 at 7:30 pm. $59
Sign up is through BI Parks (http://www.biparks.org/) The course code is: 531850-01

Advanced Amateur Astronomy & Observation
Join Dave & Steve of BPAA for a much deeper examination of Amateur Astronomy. Topics will include star hopping, celestial sphere, deep sky objects, make vs. buy decision for obtaining a telescope, astrophotography processing and using computer controlled telescopes like the 27.5” Ritchie. (No Class on 11/27). Held at Ritchie ObservatoryThursday evenings starting November 13 through December 11 at 7:30 pm. $39
Sign up is through BI Parks (http://www.biparks.org/) The course code is: 531851-01

Tide-SpringnewmoonlaunchpageFeatured Items

  The Summer 2014 Newsletter

  • Summer Lunacy
  • Clark College Sundial Trip
  • The Dome ! Not the Dome Again
  • The New Solar Telescope, Out and About
  • Capturing Spring Galaxies on Bainbridge Island
  • Dark Sky Treks

This is our first web based (as opposed to pdf) based newsletter. If you have opinions please let us know. Thanks.



Many thanks to One Call for All for their many years of continued support.


Many thanks to the Bainbridge Community Foundation for their support of our Sundial Project



Many thanks to the Bainbridge Island Rotary for their grant to allow us to obtain a Solar Telescope for our educational outreach programs.


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