Welcome to the Battle Point Astronomical Association


Next Planetarium Show / Stargazing Night at Ritchie Observatory is Saturday November 12, 7:30 pm.

We will be talking about Dark Matter and Black Holes. Details will be forthcoming.

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 November 12th from 5 to 7.

Ever wonder just what made all those craters on the moon? Let’s find out with Dr Erica! We will have a fun interactive project making our own moons to take home as well!

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

See the BPAstro Kids Facebook Page


Free to members, $5.00 for families.

Member’s Meeting 10/22 at 7 pm.

Member’s Meeting: Ever wondered how to work the BPAA 70 cm Richie Telescope? Join chief Astronomer Eben to get a lesson

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.