Welcome to iS.T.A.R.

San Antonio Astronomical Association invites you to share the wonder and excitement of astronomy.

The members of the San Antonio Astronomical Association enjoy exploring, observing, and learning about the objects in our solar system and beyond. We want to share our experience with you. From beginner to professional astronomer, with or without a telescope, we invite you to join us in this exciting and rewarding endeavor.

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  • SAAA Monthly Meeting

    We’re sad to report that there will be no July meeting of the SAAA.

    “Why?” you are asking.  Well let me tell you.  The San Antonio Astronomical Association is hosting the 2014 Astronomical League Convention at the San Antonio Airport Hilton, July 10th through 12th as part of our 40th anniversary celebration.  That’s right, the SAAA formed in July 1974 and held its first meeting in August 1974.

    Come on out to ALCon 2014 San Antonio and attend the myriad of lectures on various topics of interest to the amateur and professional astronomer or just to meet astronomers from across the country.  Feel free to join our astronomical conventioneers at the Riverwalk Friday evening.

    No worries folks, we’ll be back in August with a great speaker.

  • ALCon 2014

    It’s finally here! 

    ALCon San Antonio 2014, hosted by the San Antonio Astronomical Association and sponsored by the SAAA, the Astronomical League and the Association for Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO), starts in just two days.  ALCon is a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment.  Each day there will be continuous live music, acrobats, contortionists, and …

    …oh wait, that’s Cirque du Soleil.

    And now for something completely different: ALCon San Antonio 2014 will afford you with the opportunity to listen to, and perhaps participate in, a myriad of discussions on a variety of topics of interest to astronomy aficionados, both amateur and professional.  You will be able to meet kindred souls from around the United States and you won’t have to go to the office.  ALCon San Antonio 2014 will also offer Solar and Lunar observing, a BBQ and a banquet, and a trip to the Paseo del Rio (Riverwalk).

    Check out ALCon 2014 or just come on out to the San Antonio Airport Hilton, 10, 11, & 12 July 2014.


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  3. My daughter is wanting a telescope but I know nothing about them or where to get one. We are new to SA so I would greatly appreciate it if someone could assist me. She is 10 just looking for something basic not cheap stuff just a good entry level

    1. You would probably want to go to Analytical Scientific on Bandera Rd just about 1/2 mile east of 1604. Sorry, I don’t have the street address with me. There you will find some very good quality telescopes from beginner to advanced amateur. You know your daughter better than I do, obviously, but if she is really interested, get her one that won’t have her bored and frustrated within 3 months. I would recommend an 8″ reflector by Orion. She will be able to see more than the full moon with that. Don’t forget that she will need a couple of eyepieces and perhaps a nebula filter or two. She will also need a planisphere and a decent star charet or atlas. Sky & Telescope publishes a “pocket” guide that has everything in it that she would need. It sells for about $20.00. Good luck and keep her enthused. It will pay off in later times.

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