2017 AAAP Kevin J. Brunelle Astrophotography Contest Slide Show(s)

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who submitted photos and endeavored to make the contest possible.

Download the winners only (30 MB):

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kxZ0aFp3dNZ585shO8gxkfoHiSON3BvN

Download the full show (122 MB):

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1snVejnxBPCN_kTiDZuq38EDye_9ZT6eG

Cancelled – Mingo Creek Park Observatory Star Party, Saturday, November 11, 2017

Cancelled Due to a Power Outage

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh invites you to the Saturday, November  11, 2017 Mingo Creek Park Observatory Star Party, inside  Mingo Creek County Park, Mansion Hill Extension, past Shelter 10,Washington County, PA. Phone #: 724-348-6150. In case of inclement weather, check the website www.3ap.org or Facebook Page for a cancellation notice .

Safe solar observing: 3:30 PM        Night sky observing: ~5:30 PM

Come and learn about the Mingo Creek Park Observatory, the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh and astronomy in general. There will be safe observing of the Sun on the 4” Lunt telescope. After dusk come and observe the wonders of the night sky.  Planets observed may include views of Saturn with its rings.  Many deep sky objects may also be observed such as the Ring Nebula and other nebulae, clusters and double stars. Presentations about current events in astronomy and the Mingo Creek Park night sky will take place in the Richard Y. Haddad Planetarium at various times throughout the evening.

The Mingo Creek Park Observatory is handicap accessible. Mingo Creek Park Observatory is operated by an all-volunteer staff of members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh. There is no charge for your visit, but we gladly accept donations to cover operating expenses.  There is no reservation needed and there is no limit on group sizes.

NOTE:  Mingo Creek Park Observatory and its grounds, as a part of Mingo Creek County Park, are a no smoking and no alcohol permitted area.

Special Rates Lodging Rates are available for the Mingo Star Parties here  through Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency.

November 11 Mingo Star Party concludes the Mingo 2017 Star Party Season and is the final observatory star party of the AAAP 2017 Star Party Schedule.  The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh thanks you for support our 2017 observatory events.  Next year’s dates are listed at the end of this post and on the website .

AAAP 2018 Schedule of Observatory Star Parties

Mingo 2018 Star Party Dates: April 21, May 18 & 19, June 8 & 9, July 20 & 21, Aug 11 & 18, Sept 7 & 8, Oct 6 & 20, Nov 3             Note:  11/17/2017 Update

Wagman 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 20 & 21; May 18 & 19; Jun 22 & 23; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 17 & 18; Sep 15 & 29; Oct 13 & 27; Nov 10

Annual AAAP Astrophotography Contest and November 10, 2017 Meeting of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh  will meet at 7:30 PM, Friday, November 10, 2017, Allegheny Observatory, 159 Riverview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214 . The meeting program is the Annual AAAP Kevin J. Brunelle Astrophotography Contest. Review the images in a stunning presentation. Members vote. Winners announced at the meeting and online.

Wagman Star Party, Saturday, November 4, 2017

Note:  As reported at 3:45 PM there was a “hopeful” clearing in Ohio and the possibility of enough clear sky to merit opening the Wagman Observatory for tonight’s Star Party.  Obviously there could be a change for the better or worse. Were there to be rain or advancing adverse conditions it would not bode well for the continuance of star party plans. Feel free to check back here and AAAP Facebook or phone the observatory, 724-224-2510 for updates.

You are invited to a Star Party at the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh’s  Wagman Observatory, Saturday, November 4,  2017, 6:20 PM

The Saturday, November 4,  Wagman Star Party starting about 6:20 PM EDT not 6:25 as previously reported. Enjoy the views of large clusters of stars, beautiful colored double stars, visit the craters of the Full Moon and view the planets Saturn, Uranus and Neptune through the telescopes at the Observatory and much more. This star party falls on the night of the November Full Moon: 1:22 AM EDT Full; November 4, 2017 Moonrise occurs at 7:02 PM EDT; Moonset 8:17 AM EST on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Times for Pittsburgh, PA from www.timeanddate.com. Daylight saving time 2017 in Pennsylvania began at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 12 and ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 5.  The November 4 Wagman Star Party concludes the Wagman 2017 Star Party Season. Next year’s dates are listed at the end of this post and on the website .

This invitation to amateur astronomers, students and the general public is part of AAAP’s annual series of star parties occurring March – November at the Wagman and Mingo Observatories. These events are family friendly. There is no charge for these events, although donations are appreciated. Read more about Star Parties here.

Regardless of your experience or ability level you will be welcome to join the throng of avid sky watchers. Perhaps you have a telescope and do not know how to use it? Bring it along and members of the AAAP will help! Likewise if you are considering a telescope purchase or the addition of accessories, star charts and books Wagman is a good place to start. Members of the AAAP will help!

The Star Parties will be held WEATHER PERMITTING. The public should call 724-224-2510 for more information. 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. Coordinates: Latitude 40.627 degrees N, Longitude 79.813 degrees W. Map and Directions under the About Tab at www.3ap.org and here.

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.  In the observing rooms or near the outside telescopes please avoid use of bright lights: cell phones, white lights or flashlights, glow sticks, etc.  and especially no flash photograph. There is no smoking permitted anywhere on the site. Planning for next year? Wagman Observatory’s 2018 Star Party Dates have been published.

For updates, check back here and AAAP Facebook or phone the observatory, 724-224-2510,  the night of the event. Wagman Observatory Clear Sky Chart.

AAAP will hold one more 2017 Observatory Star Party following the November 4, at Wagman Observatory on November 11 at Mingo Observatory.

Our 2018 Schedule of Observatory Star Parties is available on the website as well as below.

Wagman 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 20 & 21; May 18 & 19; Jun 22 & 23; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 17 & 18; Sep 15 & 29; Oct 13 & 27; Nov 10

Mingo 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 21; May 11 & 12; Jun 8 & 9; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 11 & 18; Sep 14 & 15; Oct 6 & 20; Nov 3

October 28, 2017 Mingo Star Party

Star Party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory
located in Mingo Creek Park
Mansion Hill Extension, past Shelter 10
Washington County, PA. Phone #: 724-348-6150

Date:  Saturday, October 28, 2017
Times:  Safe solar observing; 5:00 PM – Night sky observing; approximately 7:00 PM (Weather Permitting for observing).

Planetarium Presentations will occur rain or shine.

Come and learn about the Mingo Creek Park Observatory, the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh and astronomy in general. The evening events consist of the following:

  • There will be safe observing of the Sun before sunset through the 4” Lunt Hydrogen Alpha telescope.
  • After dusk come and observe the wonders of the night sky.  Planets observed may include views of Saturn with its rings.  Many deep sky objects may also be observed such as the Ring Nebula and other nebulae, clusters and double stars.
  • Presentations about current events in astronomy and the Mingo Creek Park night sky will take place in the Richard Y. Haddad Planetarium at various times throughout the night.
  • In preparation for Halloween we may have some visitors from a galaxy far, far away.

The Mingo Creek Park Observatory is handicap accessible. There is no charge for your visit, but we gladly accept donations to cover operating expenses. There is no reservation needed and there is no limit on group sizes.

NOTE: Mingo Creek Park Observatory and its grounds, as a part of Mingo Creek County Park, are a no smoking and no alcohol permitted area.

Mingo Creek Park Observatory is operated by an all-volunteer staff of members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.

CANCELLED: Wagman Observatory Saturday, October 28, 2017 Star Party

Cancellation: Due to inclement weather, tonight’s Star Party at Wagman Observatory has been canceled. Our last Wagman Star Party of 2017 will be Saturday, Nov 4, weather permitting. If we get the amount of rain predicted or more, the hilltop could be very sloppy. It’s a primarily matter of safety. Please consider another  AAAP Star Party scheduled this evening at Mingo Observatory in Washington County.

You are invited to a Star Party at the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh’s  Wagman Observatory, Saturday, October 28,  2017, 6:25 PM

The Saturday, October 28,  Wagman Star Party starting about 6:25 PM EDT. Enjoy the views of large clusters of stars, beautiful colored double stars, visit the craters of the moon and view the planets Saturn, Uranus and Neptune through the telescopes at the Observatory and much more.

This invitation to amateur astronomers, students and the general public is part of AAAP’s annual series of star parties occurring March – November at the Wagman and Mingo Observatories. These events are family friendly. There is no charge for these events, although donations are appreciated. Read more about Star Parties here.

Regardless of your experience or ability level you will be welcome to join the throng of avid sky watchers. Perhaps you have a telescope and do not know how to use it? Bring it along and members of the AAAP will help! Likewise if you are considering a telescope purchase or the addition of accessories, star charts and books Wagman is a good place to start. Members of the AAAP will help!

The Star Parties will be held WEATHER PERMITTING. The public should call 724-224-2510 for more information. 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. Coordinates: Latitude 40.627 degrees N, Longitude 79.813 degrees W. Map and Directions under the About Tab at www.3ap.org and here.

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.  In the observing rooms or near the outside telescopes please avoid use of bright lights: cell phones, white lights or flashlights, glow sticks, etc.  and especially no flash photograph. There is no smoking permitted anywhere on the site. Planning for next year? Wagman Observatory’s 2018 Star Party Dates have been published.

For updates, check back here and AAAP Facebook or phone the observatory, 724-224-2510,  the night of the event. Wagman Observatory Clear Sky Chart.

AAAP will hold two November Observatory Star Parties in November: November 4 at Wagman observatory and November 11 at Mingo Observatory.

Our 2018 Schedule of Observatory Star Parties is available on the website as well as below.

Wagman 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 20 & 21; May 18 & 19; Jun 22 & 23; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 17 & 18; Sep 15 & 29; Oct 13 & 27; Nov 10

Mingo 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 21; May 11 & 12; Jun 8 & 9; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 11 & 18; Sep 14 & 15; Oct 6 & 20; Nov 3