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North York Astronomical Association

Canada North York Astronomical Association

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Location:  Ontario, Canada
The North York Astronomical Association (NYAA) is an organization of people who like to gather together to "shoot the breeze" about astronomy, tinker with our "toys", and observe when the weather cooperates.

The NYAA was established in 1980, and officially incorporated in 1992. We currently have over 50 members. The club has 2 observing facilities, one a short drive north of Toronto, (Og's Bog) and the other is north of Cobourg (Oak Heights). We pursue (among other things): astrophotography, CCD imaging, camping, comet hunting and observing, deep sky observing, graze gazing, hiking, meteor observing, planet observing, solar observing, supernova searches, telescope making, and variable star observing.

To do that, we organize a wide range of activities designed to assist our members in developing their observing skills. These activities include meetings, group observing sessions, workshops, dark sky camping weekends, and other outings.

At the club's monthly meetings we usually have a feature speaker or a presentation on a topic of interest to amateur astronomers either by an invited guest or by our own members. Please see the events calendar for scheduled meetings, and agendas.

Monthly Dark Sky weekend observing sessions are held (near each new moon) at the Oak Heights NYAA dark sky site. And, every August, the Association's world-class astronomical observing convention, Starfest, is held near Mount Forest, Ontario which is north of Guelph.

The NYAA encourages member participation through meetings, observing sessions, and exploration of all areas of interest in amateur astronomy. When the clouds roll in the Fireball email discussion list keeps members in touch wherever they are, providing a forum for the sharing of ideas and information.

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