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The BBAA would like to thank the companies / organizations below for their continued support of advancing astronomy and science in the eyes of the public through their generous donations provided for VAAS 2017.

As confirmations of donation request are received they will be added to the list on this page. Check back for updates.

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PowerTank Lithium

The new PowerTank Lithium keeps the charge going for the astronomer on the go. The Lithium Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery chemistry has significant advantages over other battery chemistries.

Smaller, lighter, safer, and easier to maintain than lithium-ion and sealed lead acid designs

Up to 2000 charge cycles – four times more than lithium-ion & 7 times more than sealed lead-acid designs.

Un-recharged shelf life of up to 10 years – 3 times better than lithium-ion and 10 times better than sealed lead-acid designs

Environmentally friendly – Does not use toxic heavy metals

PowerTank Lithium

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Bob’s Knobs Collimation Thumbscrews

Gift Certificate for one free set of Bob’s Knobs for a telescope

Collimate your Schmidt-Cassegrain style or Newtonian style telescope without tools

It’s easy just grab a Bob's Knob collimation thumbscrew and turn. You can even do it while looking through the eyepiece on most scopes. And you'll never drop that pesky little Allen wrench or screwdriver into the grass again. Installation is a snap with the included instructions, and you can undo the modification at any time.

Bob's Knobs Gift Certificate

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Sky & Telescope Jumbo Pocket Sky Atlas By Roger Sinnott

Sky & Telescope's celestial atlases are the standard by which all other star atlases have been judged for a half century. Now we've raised the bar again with our Pocket Sky Atlas - Jumbo Edition. There has never been such a wonderfully detailed atlas so handy to take on trips and use at the telescope, thanks to its user-friendly size, convenient spiral-bound design, and easy-to-read labels. The charts show both constellation boundaries and stick figures to help you find your way.

So, starting with our famous Pocket Sky Atlas, we enlarged all its 80 charts by 25% and added six more close-up regions (for a total of 10): the Sagittarius Milky Way, the tail of Scorpius, the Big Dipper’s Bowl, the surroundings of Deneb, the Cone and Rosette Nebulae area, and Leo’s galaxy-rich tail. The result is Pocket Sky Atlas – Jumbo Edition.

Sky & Telescope Jumbo Atlas

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Orion 10x50 Binocular Stargazing Kit

Complete kit with everything needed to become familiar with the night sky from the comfort of your backyard or wherever you roam

10x50 binoculars gather ample light for great nighttime views of the Moon, bright planets and constellations

Read the included Star Target planisphere with the RedBeam Mini LED flashlight to identify stars and constellations at any hour of night, all year round without disrupting dark-adapted vision

Included Starry Night Special Edition software is a powerful tool for learning the night sky and getting the most out of the 10x50 binoculars

Orion 10x50 Binocular Stargazing Kit


Orion Star Target Planisphere

An extremely easy to use accessory that helps you learn the location of constellations, bright stars, and many deep-sky objects such as nebulas, galaxies, and star clusters.

Simply dial in the date and time across the top, and Star Target shows you the sky overhead

A perfect accessory and great learning tool for use with your telescope, binocular, or even unaided eyes

Designed for use within 30-degree North and 50-degree North latitudes regardless of calendar year - shows locations of 100 star clusters, nebulas and galaxies for viewing with binoculars or telescope

Made of coated, dew-resistant cardboard with a clear plastic window. Measures 8.75" x 8.5"

Orion Star Target Planisphere


Orion DeepMap 600 Folding Star Chart

Full-color star map of the night sky with clearly indicated positions of 600 of the finest celestial objects to view

Star chart conveniently folds up just like a road map for easy storage and transport

Orion DeepMap 600 shows the night sky from declination +90-deg to -60-deg

Back of chart lists essential data for all 600 objects of interest, including a brief visual description of each object - an ideal reference for beginners and advanced observers alike!

Printed on dew-proof plastic for durability in the field, even in damp conditions

Orion DeepMap 600 Folding Star Chart


Orion MoonMap 260

The meticulously detailed MoonMap 260 is a must-have for any backyard astronomer

Map identifies over 260 lunar features including craters, valleys, ancient lava flows, mountain ranges, all successful US and Soviet lunar mission landing sites, and more

Conveniently laminated for protection against dew, dirt, and the elements

Measures 25.25" x 11" when fully unfolded, and folds up to 8.5" x 11" for easy portability

Includes both correct-image and reversed "mirror image" maps of the Moon for easy use with binoculars, unaided eyes, or any telescope

Orion MoonMap 260


Orion Jupiter Map & Observing Guide

Beautifully detailed map of the largest planet in our solar system

Loaded with useful observing tips to help optimize your views of Jupiter

Includes lists of all Jupiter oppositions, observable conjunctions from 2014 to 2020

Features an illustrated selection of rare Jovian moon events from 2014 to 2020

Plastic-laminated for durability, the Jupiter Map measures 25.25" x 11" when fully unfolded, and folds up to 8.5" x 11" for easy portability

Orion Jupiter Map & Observing Guide


Orion Mars Map & Observing Guide

An indispensable reference guide for observing the "Red Planet"

Identifies Martian features using classical albedo and modern nomenclature

Lists all opposition and conjunction events from 2014 to 2020

Recommends best filters for visual observation and astrophotography of Mars

Plastic-laminated for durability, the Mars Map measures 25.25" x 11" when fully unfolded, and folds up to 8.5" x 11" for easy portability

Orion Mars Map & Observing Guide


Orion Saturn Map & Observing Guide

An ideal reference for observing ringed Saturn and its brightest moons

Identifies atmospheric features of Saturn using standard nomenclature

Includes lists of all Saturn oppositions, observable conjunctions from 2014 to 2020

Lists best filters for visual observation and astrophotography of Saturn

Plastic-laminated for durability, the Saturn Map measures 25.25" x 11" when fully unfolded, and folds up to 8.5" x 11" for easy portability

Orion Saturn Map & Observing Guide


Orion Solar System, Moon, and Meteors Poster Kit

Three gorgeous, full-color, Orion-designed posters perfect for decorating and educating!

Solar System Poster measures 30"x 20" and features stunning pictures of the Sun and planets in our solar system

Observing the Moon Poster measures 30" x 20" and is packed with vital information for lunar explorations with telescopes and binoculars

Meteor Showers Poster measures 20"x 30" and includes helpful information and tips for observing meteors

All three posters are folded into a convenient 7.5" x 10" size and shipped in a protective plastic sleeve

Orion Solar System, Moon, and Meteors Poster 


Orion Binocular Astronomy Field Guide

This complete observing guide is the perfect companion for any astronomy binocular

16-page guide packed with gorgeous illustrations, correct-image maps of the Moon, Milky Way, constellations, and close-up maps of specific lunar regions

Designed for year-round use with seasonal star maps for both Northern and Southern hemispheres

Convenient field-of-view images of the most popular deep-space targets make it easy to hunt down elusive objects in the night sky

Printed on durable, water-resistant synthetic paper. Measures 26.8" x 19.3" (68cm x 49cm) and folds up to 6.7" x 9.6" (17cm x 24.5cm)

Orion Binocular Astronomy Field Guide


Orion Telescope Observer's Guide

This detailed Observer's Guide highlights over 60 celestial objects to observe in a small telescope

Packed with helpful hints and tips for exploring star clusters, multiple stars, nebulas, and even the Andromeda Galaxy

Useful resources for each object include a map, finder scope view, depiction of what you can expect to see in your telescope eyepiece, and more

A thorough guide to the night sky for stargazers of all skill levels from beginners to more experienced amateur astronomers

Softbound, 174 pages

Orion Telescope Observer's Guide


Orion Exploring the Cosmos: An Introduction to the Night Sky

Inspire young stargazers with this beautifully illustrated children's astronomy book

Join our astronaut guides on a tour through the Solar System and beyond

Learn about constellations and the mythology behind them

Amaze friends and family with fun astronomy facts

48 pages packed with colorful illustrations, seasonal star charts, and interesting information all about space and the stars!

Orion Exploring the Cosmos: An 
    Introduction to the Night Sky