Welcome to the Battle Point Astronomical Association


Next Planetarium Show / Stargazing Night “Navigating by the Stars – Celestial Navigation Isn’t Like What You See in the Movies” at Ritchie Observatory is Saturday December 10, 7:30 pm.

Before the days of GPS mariners, airmen, explorers, and surveyors found their position by the sun, moon, planets, and stars. Join blue water cruiser Frank Petrie to learn the basics of navigating with a sextant, and why it’s harder than Hollywood would have you believe.

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.

BPAstro-HeaderThe next BPASTRO KIDS Show will be on December 10th from 5 to 7.

Ever wonder what our Sun is made of? Our next show looks at how we discovered the gases present in our Sun and kids will get to take home their very own decorated spectroscope!
Saturday December 10th 5-6 and 6-7 | Battle Point Observatory | Suggested $5 donation for supplies.
Thank you Bainbridge Island Rotary for their grant providing gas emission tubes!!

Two shows, one from 5-6 and another 6-7, suggested $5 donation per family to help with supplies!

*6-7 show will move to 4-5 in February

See the BPAstro Kids Facebook Page


Free to members, $5.00 for families.

Member’s Meeting 10/22 at 7 pm.

The monthly members meeting has been moved to Nov 19th because of the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will be learning to use the Ritchie Scope and a newly donated C-8. Rain or Moonshine the meeting will go on. We start at 7 PM. The C-8 will be on the list of Telescopes to check out, so come out and learn to use them. We must be prepared for anything, including a clear night!

If you have questions: (president@bpastro.org)

NGC 7023 taken on June 28/29 (My last clear night) 16 L 300s 1×1 & 8 RGB 300s 2×2. Shot with 10″RC with SBIG ST8300 on a Paramount MX+ at Two Towers Observatory on Bainbridge Island.

Full Moon 16th Oct 2016 Earth is between the Sun and the Moon and so the Moon will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 04:23 UTC.
Moon at the Perigee 16th Oct 2016 Moon reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth at UTC 23:37 (357,859 km from Earth).
Orionid meteor shower 21-22 Oct 2016 Orionid is a medium intensity meteor shower and one can see about 25 meteors per hour.
New Moon 30th Oct 2016 Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 17:38 UTC.
The Moon at Apogee 31st Oct 2016 Moon will reach apogee, the farthest point from Earth at UTC 19:30 (406,659 km from Earth).

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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.