Pittsburgh Stargazing AAAP September 5, 2015, Dark Sky Star Parties: Wagman Observatory and Mingo Observatory

Stellarium Screen Capture, 9PM, September 5, 20015 South West view.

Stellarium Screen Capture, 9PM, September 5, 20015 South West view.

The members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh invite the public to Mingo Observatory and Wagman Observatory on Saturday, September 5, 2015. Come see the planets Neptune and Uranus and enjoy the Milky Way without interference from the Moon. It’s all part of the show during the September Dark Sky Star Partis sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.

View the night sky without the Moon. Observe the Hercules Cluster, the Ring Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy and more … Engage in stimulating presentations, telescope observations and the natural delight of the night sky in park locations away from street lights, home and commercial lighting. See the stars that are alway there pop into view.


Did you get a telescope recently and don’t know how to use it? Bring it along and members of the AAAP will help!

Looking to buy a telescope, accessories, star charts and books? We’ll have free handouts, guides and booklets to point visitors in the right direction.

See the AAAP web page for more info at: www.3ap.org , Guide Star AAAP Newsletter  and the AAAP Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amateur-Astronomers-Association-of-Pittsburgh/114188205266611

Mingo Observatory

Solar Obeserving (weather permitting)  at 5:30 p.m.  SAFELY View the Sun early with our 4″ Lunt Solar Telescope. Planetarium Shows (rain or shine) beginning at 7:00 p.m. Planetarium Schedule: 7:00 PM: Sky Show, 8:00 PM: Program TBA  9:00 PM: Sky Show, 10:00 PM: Program TBA   Celestial Observing (weather permitting) beginning at Dusk. See wonders of the night sky through our 24 inch Ritchey-Chretien Reflector and 10 inch Refractor telescopes. Observe Double-stars, planetary nebulae, astonishing star clusters, distant galaxies. The Planets Saturn and its rings, Jupiter and its Galilean moons, Venus and more starting at dusk (sky conditions permitting! ).  Mingo Creek Park Observatory is Open Rain or shine, cloudy or clear!


Call Mingo at 724-348-6150.

GPS coordinates are Lat 40*:12′:42″ Long 80*:01′:14″

Students, scouts, youth groups, adults, and children accompanied by adults are welcome. If you know others who would be interested in receiving these notices, please register for the Mingo Email Blast.*

* Mingo Observatory Email Blast

Would you like to receive occasional emails about Mingo Observatory Star Parties and Observing Events?  Be sure to sign up at the Mingo Observatory Reception Desk or contact  MingoAssocDirector2@3ap.org.

Mingo Creek Park Observatory is Handicapped Accessible.

ISS fron Heaven-Above

Iridium Flare Schedule from Heavens-Above

What is an Iridium flare?

Wagman Observatory

The Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory is located in Deer Lakes Regional Park, Frazer Township, Pa., near the village of Russellton in northeastern Allegheny County and some 18 miles from Pittsburgh.  Nearly 62,000 people have visited the observatory since its opening in 1987. Come and see what they’ve discovered and you’ve been missing.  This event is scheduled for Saturday, September 5 starting about 7:50 PM EDT. The Wagman Star Parties will be held WEATHER PERMITTING. The public should call 724-224-2510 for more information.    

Admission is free, though we gladly accept donations to cover the cost of operation. To reach Wagman Observatory, follow the Orange Belt (accessible from Routes 8 and 28) to Deer Lakes Park, near Russellton. Follow the road through the Park for 1.2 miles and turn left on to the Observatory grounds. Please use parking lights only when you drive through the gate.

For additional directions or to check on the weather conditions, please call the observatory at 724-224-2510. If you get our voice mail or a busy signal, keep trying. We receive many calls for information just before and during the star parties._Wagman_Sched_2015

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