Welcome to the Battle Point Astronomical Association


Next Planetarium Show / Stargazing Night at Ritchie Observatory is June 11th, 8:30 pm.

“Pluto & Some Planets” Join astronomer Steve Ruhl as he examines the latest data on Pluto from the New Horizons spacecraft. We will also take a brief look at the three planets currently in the evening sky; Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

If the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes.  Free to members, $2.00 donation suggested for nonmembers, $5.00 for families.

The next BPASTRO KIDS Show precedes the Planetarium show on June 11th at 5 and 6 pm. with Dr. Erica.  We will celebrate a 1 year anniversary of BPAstro Kids.

See the BPAstro Kids Facebook Page


Free to members, $5.00 for families.

IC59 & IC63 are in Cassiopeia. About 600 light years distant, these clouds are slowly dissipating from the ionizing ultraviolet radiation from the nearby star Gamma Cas (just off the lower right edge)

Upcoming Astronomical Events

May 22  – Mars reaches opposition (closest point to earth)

May 28th – Member’s Meeting – Steve talks about acquiring images

June 3 –  Saturn reaches opposition.

June 11 – Planetarium Show –  “Pluto a& Some Planets” at the Richie Observatory. 8:30 pm

June 21 – Summer Solstice – Sun reaches its highest point (if you are in the northern hemisphere.)

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Pictures of Sundial Construction & Installation
Please donate to our Sundial Project so we can finish. Thank you.


Deck for the Richie

This Saturday (2/7) Malcolm, Steve, Nels (l to r) & Marty were busy, knee deep in sawdust, working on the deck platform for the Richie. Once completed, the new deck will provide a single surface for observing at the telescope. A ladder will be needed but it will be much smaller and not tied to the dome.


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.