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Founded in 1978, the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) is southestern Virginia's largest and most active astronomy club. Drawn together by a common interest in astronomy, BBAA members are dedicated to "bringing astronomy to the people in Hampton Roads!" The BBAA is a 501(c)(3) (not-for-profit, tax-exempt) scientific-educational organization.

Regular Meetings

 Held the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM (except in December):

  1. Usual Site - held at the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College, Science Bldg., room JC - 12 at 7:30 pm.
  2. Alternate Site - held at various member's homes.
  3. December 14 - anniversary dinner held in local restaurant.

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Skywatches At Northwest River Park

"Skywatch", the public observing program of the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers is conducted once each month in the Equestrian area of Northwest River Park, 1733 Indian Creek Road in Chesapeake. Sessions are held on Friday with rain date for Saturday at 8 PM, on weekends when the moon will usually not interfere with observation of the many deep sky splendors. Come out and take a look through large telescopes at the moon and planets, star clusters, galaxies, and more! Learn about the sky and your place in the universe! And best of all, it's free!!!

Proposed 2002 Skywatch observing nights for the NWRP Equestrian area are listed below. Weather conditions may force postponement of sessions so it is recommended that interested parties please call the Park at 421-7151 or one of our members to confirm if the session will be held:

Membership Benefits

  • Monthly newsletter, the Back Bay Observer
  • Membership In the Astronomical League (AL)
  • Quarterly Newsletter, the Reflector (AL)
  • Reduced rates on Astronomy/Sky & Telescope
  • Book Discounts (10 - 33% off)
  • Access to dark sky observing sites
  • Access to membership knowledge and experience
  • Access to club book and computer shareware library
  • Participation in club activities
  • Educational fieldtrips
  • Telescope buying advice
  • Try accessories before you buy
  • Telescope Ownership Not Required!

Membership Dues
$18.00 per year, prorated monthly so that all memberships run from January to January.
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Directions to Northwest River Park

NOTE: Watch for brown and white signs marking route to the park, beginning at I-64 exit.
 From Interstate 64, take Exit 290-B onto Battlefield Blvd. (State Route 168 south).
 Drive 15 miles down 168 south.
 Take left onto Indian Creek Road.
 Drive 3.5 miles to main park entrance.


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Author:  Ken Broun Jr.
Last Revised September 4, 2008