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Welcome To The
BACK BAY AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS
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.
Held the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM (except in December):
- Usual Site - held at the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community
College, Science Bldg., room JC - 12 at 7:30
- Alternate Site - held at
various member's homes.
- 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
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:
- Monthly newsletter, the Back
- Membership In the
Astronomical League (AL)
- Quarterly Newsletter, the
- Reduced rates on
Astronomy/Sky & Telescope
- Book Discounts (10 - 33% off)
- Access to dark sky observing
- Access to membership
knowledge and experience
- Access to club book and
computer shareware library
- Participation in club
- Educational fieldtrips
- Telescope buying advice
- Try accessories before you
- Telescope Ownership Not
$18.00 per year, prorated monthly so that all memberships run from
January to January.
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Directions to Northwest
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
Drive 15 miles down 168 south.
Take left onto Indian Creek
Drive 3.5 miles to main park entrance.
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Author: Ken Broun Jr.
Last Revised September 4, 2008