Jump start or further your exploration of the
night skies by becoming a member of the Buffalo Astronomical Association!
There are many reasons to become a member of the BAA, just a few of
Meet with other astronomers in your area - General
membership meetings of the BAA are held on the second Friday of each
month from September through June (except for the month of March when
we hold our annual dinner meeting and awards banquet) at 7:30 pm in
the New Science Building auditorium (room NS213) on the campus of
Buffalo State College. Socialize with local amateur astronomers and
hear about astronomical activities that our membership has been
involved in. Each meeting also features a guest speaker with topics
spanning a broad range of astronomy-related topics. Not sure if you are
ready to join? Visitors are always welcome at any of our meetings so
feel free to stop by and check us out.
Help deciding what equipment to purchase - One of the
most daunting tasks facing beginning astronomers is deciding what type
of equipment to buy when first getting into the hobby. Should you buy
binoculars? Or is a telescope better suited to your needs? If so, do
you want a Newtonian, refractor or a dob? Should you buy a German
equatorial mount? A fork-mounted SCT? What kind of camera should you
buy? How does the camera attach to the telescope? What purchases
should you absolutely avoid? The possibilities
are numerous and mistakes can be costly. One of the biggest
advantages of membership in the BAA is that we have a wide variety of
club-owned equipment that you can "try before you buy" to help you
make an informed decision before purchasing your own equipment. We
also have a membership with a wide variety of interests and experience
to draw from and who are always willing to share an opinion or lend a
Dark Sky Observatory - Get away from the street lights on
your street or the neighbor who leaves their porch lights on all
night. The BAA maintains an observatory
at the Audubon Society's Beaver Meadow Nature Center in North Java,
New York. Here the Association's varied instruments - including 20
inch Newtonian Reflector, 14inch and 8 inch Schmidt Cassegrains and 6
inch equatorial refractor, along with CCD and video imaging cameras - are available for use by any member who has received
proper instruction on equipment operation and observatory rules from
an Observatory Director.
Star Parties - During the warmer months of the summer and
fall, informal weekend star parties are held at
numerous dark sky locations in Western New York. Members are
encouraged to bring their telescopes.
Discounted Magazine Subscriptions - As a member of the
Buffalo Astronomical Association you are able to subscribe to Sky &
Telescope and Astronomy magazines at significantly discounted prices.
Bi-monthly Newsletter - As a member of the Buffalo
Astronomical Association you are eligible to receive our bi-monthly
newsletter, The Spectrum, which features articles by club members on
all topics of astronomy. Both paper and digital versions of the
newsletter are available.
Online Discussion Group - As a member of the Buffalo
Astronomical Association you are permitted to join our online
discussion group, the BAA Yahoo group, which gives members a casual
forum to share thoughts, observations and the latest astronomy news
Buffalo Museum of Science Affiliation - We are an affiliate organization to the Buffalo Museum of Science
and our collaboration on museum exhibits and programming brings the
wonders of astronomy to a diverse city audience.
To become a member download our membership form and return it to.
Phone: (716) 881-4310
Alternatively, you can download and
complete the membership application electronically, forward the
completed form to Alan Friedman at the e-mail address above, and
pay your dues on-line using Paypal. The payment page is located here.