The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club

Astronomy in Use!

Founded 1980
Incorporated November, 1991

NOVAC is located in the state of Virginia, in the United States of America. Our members primarily reside in the counties near Washington D.C. Our primary purpose is providing enjoyment and education to the public (and ourselves!) through amateur astronomy. We strive to be a friendly club with a focus on observing, and we are one of the largest clubs in the United States with 1100+ members.

Some might call this plain old “Star-gazing.” But to get anywhere in astronomy, one must first learn the constellations, how to find objects in the sky, and (most importantly if you have one) how to use that expensive telescope properly.

By joining NOVAC, you will have the opportunity to meet others who have common interests and the opportunity to exchange ideas. Through our public programs, you will also get a chance to be involved in serving the public and to introduce others to the joys of astronomy.

To facilitate the club’s operations, we collect dues. The bulk of the dues cover the publishing of the club newsletter, Astronomical League membership, the purchasing of club equipment, and the updating of the club library. NOVAC is incorporated as a not for profit, non stock, educational corporation in the State of Virginia, and is recognized by the U.S. I.R.S. as such a corporation. Therefore a portion of your dues and any donations you wish to make may be tax deductible.

Whether an interested beginner or an experienced amateur astronomer, we think you will find joining NOVAC a rewarding experience. Our motto isTo Observe and to Help Others Observe: we aim to benefit everyone who wishes to learn more about astronomy.

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Astronomical League (AL)

To Promote the Science of Astronomy

  • by fostering astronomical education’
  • by providing incentives for astronomical observation and research;
  • by assisting communication among amateur astronomical societies.

The Astronomical League is composed of over two hundred and forty local amateur astronomical societies from all across the United States. These organizations, along with our Members-at-Large, Patrons, and Supporting members form one of the largest amateur astronomical organizations in the world.

Our basic goal is to encourage an interest in astronomy (and especially amateur astronomy) throughout America. Many people have seen pictures of the other planets in our Solar System from spacecraft, but have no idea that they too can see these objects with a telescope. We want people to get access to telescopes, whether it is through their local astronomical society, school, or their own instruments, and use them to view the beauty in the heavens.

The mission of the Astronomical League is clearly stated in the masthead: to promote the science of Astronomy. The major benefit of belonging to this organization is receiving the quarterly newsletter, The Reflector, which keeps you in touch with amateur activities all over the country. The chance to meet the people you read about there occurs during our annual National Convention, or at one of the ten regional conventions that the AL sponsors.