The NSAAC was established in March of 1989 as an association of amateur astronomers who meet and observe from a local site on the North Shore of Massachusetts. It is registered as a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.
Our members come from diverse backgrounds with interests in astronomy ranging from casual to serious. Yet each shares in the beauty of the night sky and the belief that becoming familiar with it should be fun and relaxing.
Two of the principal goals of the NSAAC are to promote a wider appreciation of astronomy and to help people choose the most appropriate telescope or binocular for their interest and budget. You do not need a telescope for stargazing, and you do not need one to become a member of the NSAAC ! In fact, we recommend that you join us for a few observing sessions and look through the many varieties of telescopes owned by our members before making a purchase.
The NSAAC enjoys the privilege of being associated with both the Merrimack College and Salem State College Observatories. We also have a close working relationship with the Dunn Middle School Planetarium in Danvers.
The mutual goals of each college are for the NSAAC to provide support in conducting public observing nights at their respective observatories. Members also enjoy the opportunity for personal use of the equipment with certain restrictions.