What's going on?
Events: future and past
BPAA and membership form
Map and Search this Site
BPAA photo album
Astronomy, is that a hobby?
Introduction to amateur astronomy
Tips on attending a star party
Explanation of telescope numbers
Build a Bowling ball mount
Build an off-axis mask
Where can I find more?
information and map to Park
Lights of Bainbridge Island
Kid's page: links for kids!
Can I buy a star? (FAQ)
Favorite astronomy links
Over time, we will place sections from the BPAA
Manual of Operational Status and Plans online.
The current version of the online Manual was revised February 1, 1997.
The manual consists of five Sections, two and a half of which
are now online.
Section I.A: Purpose and Charter
Section I.B: History and Chronological
Section I.C: History of Battle Point
Section II.A: Facilities: Physical Plant
Section II.B: Facilities: Operating System
Section II.B: Facilities: Operating System
and Equipment, part 2
Section III.A: Organization and Administration
The BPAA is a non-profit amateur astronomy organization, located in
Bainbridge Island, Washington. We currently mail out about 300 copies
of each issue of our newsletter to our members!
Battle Point Astronomical Association Home
To join BPAA, print out the application/renewal
form, and mail it along with your annual dues. Our
mailing address is at the bottom of this page. Also,
we continue to have Capital Funding requirements.
Your support would be greatly appreciated!
At Battle Point Park is the Helix House: a two story facility operated
by the BPAA. The Helix House contains the Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory: a
classroom and workshop and offices and a rooftop dome houses our 27.5 inch
reflector telescope. Here are the
plans for construction.
Our newsletter is published six times a year, and is available on the Web site.
Copies are mailed to members on request.
We hold public events at Battle Point Park
on Bainbridge Island, and other locations. We offer a monthly guest
speaker, a monthly journal club, several star parties each month, basic astronomy
class, and astronomy seminar series.
Our volunteer docents give tours of the Observatory on a selected
weekend afternoons each month. See the events calendar
for dates and times.
BPAA members can use our library of astronomical books and magazines,
during regular open hours (currently 2 to 4 pm Saturdays and during other
events) or by special arrangement.
BPAA members are able to use our workshop, small telescopes, and
BPAA members get discounts on subscriptions to Sky & Telescope magazine.
We have a members-only email list, for information on schedule changes and
All members of BPAA become members of the
Astronomical League, which provides
numerous benefits including a quarterly magazine as well as Observing Clubs.
The Observing Clubs offer encouragement and certificates of
accomplishment for demonstrating observing skills with a variety of instruments
and objects. These include the Messier Club, Binocular Messier Club, the
Herschel 400 Club, the Deep Sky Binocular Club, the Southern Skies Binocular
Club, the Meteor Club, the Double Star Club, and the Lunar Club.
Other activities our members are involved in include archaeoastronomy, telescope
construction, and educational events for the local community (including
Click here to find out how the BPAA has built a center
for learning and discovery, and for a look at our history.
BPAA in the News
Mac Gardiner's role in developing the idea and the plans for the amateur
space telescope on the International Space Station was recognized by Sky
and Telescope, and also in the August 2001 issue of the Astronomical
League's Reflector. Mac is the BPAA President and one of our
BPAA was featured in an article in the
19, 2000 Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Bainbridge Astronomers are Reaching
for the Stars" by Cecilia Goodnow.
Anna Edmonds, our newsletter co-editor, had her article on William and Caroline
Herschel published in issue 22 of
Amateur Astronomy magazine
(summer 1999 issue, page 19). The article first appeared in our club
newsletter. In the same issue, her article on Eugene Shoemaker also
The BPAA was featured in an article, "The Eye of the Island", by JoAnn Davis,
in the March, 1998
issue of Sky & Telescope, pages 112-116.
text can be read at findarticles.com.
Oregonian wrote about BPAA on June 22, 1999,
to Scan Puget Sound's Night Skies".
BPAA was featured in an article in the Northwest Weekend section of the
15, 1999 Seattle Times.
BPAA was featured in the Northwest Life section of the
Columbian on February 9, 1999, in
the article "The Star Chamber: Observatory on Bainbridge Island Hooks
up its Visitor to Heavenly Bodies", by Annie Pierce.
BPAA has been covered in several articles in the Bainbridge Review
and in the Kitsap County papers.
BPAA was featured in the Everett Herald in May 1999, Pg D-1, "Scoping the
Sky" by Andrew Wineke, Photography by Dan Bates.
We were featured in the Oct. 20, 1999 Neighbor section of the
Bremerton Sun: "Eye on the Sky",
or "They've brought astronomy to the multitudes", by Todd Westbrook.
An article about Astronomy Day and BPAA was published in the Sun in
April of 2000.
An article on our Sunday Robot classes appeared on the front page
of the Sun in
BPAA was also reportedly featured in the travel sections of the Bellingham
and Spokane and other papers. Any details would
John Rudolph, BPAA Facility Director, has presented at Archaeoastronomy
conferences such as
Oxford6. He has
also been a guest speaker at a number of venues such as the Table Mountain
Star Party, Seattle Astronomical Society, Everett Astronomical Society.
your help! Volunteers are needed in a number of areas. Find out
more on the BPAA News page.