BPAA to offer astronomy course for beginners

Edwin Ritchie Obervatory

Helix House is home of the Battle Point Astronomical Association, the Edwin E. Ritchie Telescope, and John H. Rudolph Planetarium on Bainbridge Island, Washington. BPAA hosts a series of beginning astronomy courses at the facility Thursdays starting April 26. Photo: Greg Scheiderer.

Beginners who want to learn the basics of amateur astronomy will have an excellent chance starting April 26. The Battle Point Astronomical Association will offer its six-session Introduction to Amateur Astronomy series in conjunction with Bainbridge Island Parks.

The course will be taught by Ph.D. astronomer David Fong, who is BPAA education director, and Steve Ruhl, the president of the association. They’ll cover the art of observing, solar system objects, constellations, star hopping, planets, nebulas, galaxies, strange sky phenomena, astrophotography, and computer programs.

Sessions will be held at the association’s Edwin Ritchie Observatory at Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island on Thursdays from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. beginning April 26. There will be no session May 10, and the last class will be held June 7. Cost is just $49. Anyone over 14 is welcome. Signup online through Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District using course code 131855-01, or phone (206) 842-2306.

BPAA does a great job with education and community outreach, and its observatory and planetarium facilities at Battle Point are top notch.