Welcome to the San Antonio Astronomical Association
The San Antonio Astronomical Association came into being in 1974 to promote the study of astronomy and related sciences, to pursue observation, and construction of instruments as a hobby. Membership is open to anyone having an interest in astronomy and related subjects and includes benefits such as a our monthly newsletter, discounted subscriptions to the top astronomy magazines, access to our dark sky observing site and much more.Our annual membership dues are very reasonable and can be paid online using PayPal on our join the SAAA page. Membership is open to anyone having an interest in Astronomy and the night sky.Learn more about the SAAA
SAAA in Action
We invite you to further explore our website for more information and hope you consider becoming a member of our Association. SAAA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, donations made to the SAAA would be tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers under IRS rules. Donations may be given by at our donations page.
Thank you for your gracious support of the San Antonio Astronomical Association.
SAAA Recurring Star Parties
The SAAA holds 3 regular monthly Members-Only Star Parties where our members get together to observe and educate about the night sky. Come join us to look at planets, stars, and other celestial wonders. The monthly Star Party schedule is as follows:
- Skywatching Night: Interim Observing Site in the Texas Hill Country ; Held on the Saturday Night closest to New Moon
- Bark at the Moon: Falcone Park off of Bandera Road; Held on the Saturday evening closest to First Quarter Moon
- Solar Saturday: UTSA Parking Lot 13; Held on the Saturday afternoon closest to Full Moon
At Members-Only Events, participation is limited to SAAA members and their invited guests.
The SAAA also holds a weekly Public Star Party at Raymond Rimkus Park, where our members share the wonders of the night sky with our guests. Astronomy in the Park is held every Wednesday evening from 1900 to 2230, weather permitting, in the parking lot at Raymond Rimkus Park, 6440 Evers Rd, Leon Valley Texas, 78240, weather permitting. [Map]. Astronomy in the Park is free and open to the public.
For more information about SAAA public observing please visit our Public Programs page. Our full schedule of activities is on our calendar. Please come out and join us or volunteer at one of our events.
Special Interest Groups
Whether you are just getting started in astronomy or have years of experience, the BSIG has valuable information to share. From learning the skies and what to look for, to purchasing and getting the most out of your telescope and its accessories. The BSIG has regularly scheduled meetings, at 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month at Christ Lutheran Church of Alamo Heights, but occasionally we’ll take a ”field-trip” to one of our observing sites. We can help you learn how to utilize your scope better as well as introduce you to the SAAA facilities and equipment available to our members.
Dark Sky Efforts SIG
In the Dark Sky Efforts SIG SAAA members can discuss light pollution and our efforts to preserve dark skies.
Why is this important? Because less than 100 years ago, everyone could look up and see a spectacular starry night sky. Now, millions of children across the globe will never experience the Milky Way where they live. The increased and widespread use of artificial light at night is not only impairing our view of the universe, it is adversely affecting our environment, our safety, our energy consumption,our heritage, and our health.
Astronomy, in the purest sense, begins with putting your eye to the eyepiece and observing. The Observing SIG provides SAAA members with the encouragement, skills and support needed to complete observing projects of all kinds.
Observing SIG activities can be as simple as participating in a star party, learning what to look for and how to find objects in the night sky as well as helpful hints, starting an observing list, logging observations, observing accessories, etc.Check the SAAA Event Calendar and / or the Observing SIG Discussion Group for the next meeting or event.