Bringing Astronomy to the People of Hampton Roads

Updated on September 3rd, 2013


Join the new BBAA or renew your membership

Regular Membership: $23 per year. All other immediate family members of the household are considered as Associate Members but cannot vote or hold office in the BBAA nor can they participate in Astronomical League (AL) Programs without becoming an AL member as an Associate Member. See Associate Member information below.

Associate Membership (with Astronomical League): $5 per year and limited to (1) those who have not graduated high school AND are under the age of 18 without an adult family member joined as a Regular Member OR (2) an immediate family member, regardless of age, of a Regular Member in good standing. Participation in the AL Programs is permitted with this membership.

Associate Membership (without Astronomical League): FREE and is limited to (1) those who have not graduated high school AND are under the age of 18 without an adult family member joined as a Regular Member OR (2) an immediate family member, regardless of age, of a Regular Member in good standing. These members may participate in all club functions but can not vote or hold office.
NOTE:  If you meet criteria (1) please send an email requesting your Associate Membership to  Please include the following information in your email:  Name, Address, Email, Phone, Date of Birth, Parent information.

**The Back Bay Observer Newsletter normally delivered electronically as a full-color PDF via Email. If you don't have adequate access to a computer, you may choose to receive a black and white version by snail mail one week later by selecting

Please provide all requested information. This information is not shared with the BBAA membership and is used only by the BBAA officers if they must contact you.
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*New members must complete all of the following fields.  Renewing members must provide name and any new information.
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Discounted Astronomy Magazines

Both Astronomy Magazine and Sky & Telescope Magazine offer discounted subscription rates to astronomy clubs.  These discounts are a big savings over regular rates.

Please make sure you provide your name and snail mail address if ordering without renewing a membership or becoming a new member as we need a valid address for the subscription.  All subscription requests will be verified against the current membership registry.  Non-members will be notified and refunds generated.  
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Donate to the BBAA

The Back Bay Amateur Astronomers is a group of amateur astronomers drawn together by a common interest in observational astronomy. The society was founded December 14, 1978 by members devoted to teaching the many aspects of observational astronomy.
The BBAA is a 501(c)(3) Scientific Educational organization dedicated to "Bringing Astronomy to the People of Hampton Roads."

Donate to the BBAA Outreach Fund
The BBAA performs many outreach events every year with Schools, Scouts, City, and State organizations.  In order to provide support to the organizations that make requests we must satisfy various operation needs such as websites, training events, club equipment, and other needs related to our outreach operations. Donations to our Outreach Fund allows us to train new members, purchase or manufacture observing equipment, cover our events with insurance, and other logistic requirements.  Without donations our outreach events would be limited.

Donate to the BBAA Scholarship Fund
The BBAA has established a  scholarship program to offer financial assistance to graduating high school students who have demonstrated an avid interest in astronomy. The scholarship award is normally awarded in the spring in the form of a check payable to the college or university listed on the recipient's scholarship application, or to such other college or university designated by the recipient to which the recipient has been accepted.  Please donate to a worthy cause.

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Donate to Our Scholarship Fund
Members Event/Services Payments

This option is for  club members to pay for various club events or services (Training, workshops, educational trips...) when requested to do so.  This option is not to be used unless you have received instruction to make a payment for events/services.
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