British Astronomical Association
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About the BAA

Formed in 1890, the British Astronomical Association has an international reputation for the quality of its observational and scientific work. Membership is open to all persons interested in astronomy.


  • The encouragement of all aspects of observational astronomy and the association of observers at all levels for mutual help.
  • The promotion of a general interest in astronomy for beginners as well as for the more advanced.
  • The circulation of current astronomical information and observational material.
  • The support of modern advanced techniques for observation, data handling and scientific presentation of results.
  • The presentation of medals and prizes in recognition of outstanding contributions to astronomy.

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The Journal (six issues per year) includes reports of meetings, members' papers, reports from the observing sections, occasional notes, news, special articles, letters and reviews of new books.

The annual Handbook is an almanac, which gives all data necessary for observational work. Some ephemeris information is available online.

The e-bulletins give immediate notice by email of discoveries, astronomical news and BAA meetings, to all Members who request them. You can subscribe to the e-bulletins by sending an email to stating your name, address, and membership number.

A number of other publications are available for purchase (see the Sales page). These include starcharts, posters and various specialised booklets. Most Sections issue individual Newsletters/Bulletins covering particular fields of interest. In some cases there may be a small extra charge for these. In addition, many Sections provide information sheets on specific topics, such as designs of electronic circuits, observational equipment and techniques.