Astronomical association starts astronomy course

The Battle Point Astronomical Association presents “Advanced Amateur and Observational Astronomy” beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory at Battle Point Park.

Astronomer Dave Fong and Steve Ruhl, president of the BPAA, will look deeper into the universe during the four-session course. Topics include constellations and the celestial sphere, stellar and galaxy evolution, making vs. buying telescopes, astrophotography, image processing, computer programs, and using computer-controlled telescopes like the 27.5-inch Ritchie. If weather permits, there will be stargazing after class.

The course is open to the public (minimum age 14); sign up through the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District at or call 206-842-2306. The cost of $39 includes all four sessions.

For more information, call 206-842-9152.


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