What we're about
***The events posted here are open to the public and are offered monthly. NOVAC Members have access to daily viewing sites and opportunities! :) Please visit our website to become a member!!***
NOVAC is a non-profit organization formed in 1990, however, the club was around informally many years before that!
We provide enjoyment and education to the public (and ourselves!) through amateur astronomy. We discuss telescopes, astrophotography, and anything above our atmosphere! :)
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 over 1000 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 small annual dues. HOWEVER , there are numerous public events that are free and open to the public ! 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 is To Observe and to Help Others Observe: we aim to benefit everyone who wishes to learn more about astronomy.