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"Bringing Astronomy to the People of Hampton Roads"


"Bringing Astronomy to the People of Hampton Roads"


"Bringing Astronomy to the People of Hampton Roads"


Welcome to the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers website

We are a group of dedicated amateur astronomers drawn together by a common interest in astronomy. Our club was founded on December 14, 1978 by members dedicated to promoting amateur astronomy.

We invite you to come to our any of our free monthly events to take a look through our telescopes and learn more about the night sky.

The BBAA is an active member society of the Astronomical League, a part of the Night Sky Network, and a member of the Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies (VAAS). We are also active on social media. Please visit our social media pages on BBAA Yahoo Group, BBAA Facebook Group, BBAA Twitter page, BBAA Facebook page and Instagram to stay up to date with our club's latest activities.

Clear skies

Donate Your Unused Telescope to the BBAA

If you have an unused telescope that is just collecting dust please consider donating it to the BBAA. We do numerous outreach events throughout the year at local schools, city parks, and other locations and will find a use for your telescope. Depending on how easy the scope is to operate we could donate it to a child who shows interest in astronomy, donate to a local school astronomy club, or just use it at one of our various outreach events.

The Back Bay Amateur Astronomers, Inc. are a 501(c)(3) organization and donations to us are tax deductible as charitable donations on the donor's federal income tax return.

If your school's astronomy club would like a donated telescope then please send an email or letter to the address below.

Recent donations

Jones Planetarium in Newport News

BBAA member Bob Beuerlein sets up a donated telescope.

Jones Planetarium in Newport News

Bringing astronomy to the people of Hampton Roads with another donated telescope.

BBAA Contact Information for Telescope Donation

To donate your unused telescope please send snail mail or an email to:

BBAA, PO Box 9877, Virginia Beach, VA 23450-9877

BBAA Vice President: Shawn Loescher

Email vp (at) backbayastro (dot) org