One of the primary activities of amateur astronomers is visual observation of the night sky and the vast assortment of objects it contains. One can participate in this activity using the unaided eye or by using telescopes and binoculars of varying sizes and designs.

Many SAAA members are visual observers, and the SAAA welcomes all members to participate in this activity regardless of skill or experience. Some SAAA members are casual observers who enjoy the sky for pure pleasure, while others commit to more serious observing programs such as recording observations of variable stars or completing one or more of the observing programs offered by the Astronomical League.

One of the best ways to get started as an observer is to attend one of the SAAA’s Skywatching Nights. Non-members are welcome to attend our weekly public star parties at McAllister Park, and members enjoy views under a darker sky at the monthly star parties held at Dunbar Ridge in Bulverde. There is no substitute for first hand experience at these events.