Moraine Star Party, Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will once again bring this popular family program to Moraine State Park, Saturday, July 7, 2018, 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM – Bike Rental Parking Lot (North Shore).  Experience a guided tour of the sky!  Meet at the parking lot near the Bike Rental on North Shore, Moraine State Park, bring a chair.  8:30 PM astronomy presentation will lead the program of observing the heavens through the privately owned telescopes our members. Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn may also be visible that night. Bring a lawn chair or Read more

Baldwin Public Library Star Party, Friday, July 6, 2018

Baldwin Borough Public Library Star Party is July 6, 2018,  8:15 PM – 9:15 PM according to the library website. All ages are welcome as we the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh for the Baldwin Borough Public Library present a short astronomy overview followed by a guided viewing of the wonders of the night sky through telescopes. Please bring along your own binoculars if you have them! Registration required. Friday, July 6 at 8:15 pm (in case of inclement weather, the makeup date would be July 13 at 8:15 pm). CONTACT:  Dolores Colarosa  412-885-2255  AAAP Member Volunteers would contact Tim K.

Wagman Star Parties June 22 and 23, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018 Wagman Star Party is cancelled.

All forecasts and studies of the radar and cloud movement point to unfavorable conditions on Friday evening. We’ll keep an open mind about Saturday night.

Wagman Come see the evening planets Venus and Jupiter. It is all part of the show during the June Star Parties at Wagman Observatory sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.  The Star Parties start Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 at 8:50 p.m.

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.

This is an opportunity for amateur astronomers, students and the general public to observe the wonders of the night sky such as the galaxies, planetary nebulae and star clusters.

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? Wagman Observatory is the place to start. We’ll have free handouts, guides and booklets to point visitors in the right direction.

The Star Parties will be held WEATHER PERMITTING. The public should call 724-224-2510 for more information.

Download the 2018 Wagman Schedule Brochure:…/01/2018_Star_Party_Schedul_Wagman_Vs01.pdf

Wagman June 15 Satellite Search Party is Cancelled

Tonight’s Wagman Satellite Search Party posted in the club newsletter is cancelled due to cloud conditions in the Wagman Observatory Area.

Mingo Observatory Star Parties on June 8th & 9th

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh Invites you to a Star Party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory (Located in Mingo Creek Park, Mansion Hill Extension, past Shelter 10) in Washington County, PA

Dates: Friday and Saturday, June 8 & 9, 2018
Times: Safe solar observing at 6:30 PM
Night sky observing: approximately 9:00 PM

Weather Permitting for Observing – Planetarium Presentations 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 beginning approximately two hours before sunset through the 4” Lunt Hydrogen Alpha telescope.

• After dusk using both the 10” D & G Refractor and the 24” Optical Guidance Systems Reflector telescopes, observe the wonders of the June night sky. Some objects observed may include views of Jupiter and its moons, Venus and the rings of Saturn. Many deep sky objects may also be observed such as the Ring Nebula and other nebulae, clusters and double stars.

• Presentations and shows 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.

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.

Phone #: 724-348-6150

Becky Nichols
Mingo Creek Park Observatory
Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh

June 10, 2018, 9 – 11 PM, Schenley Overlook Star Party

AAAP telescope volunteers will be out in force on Sunday, June 10, 2018, 9- 11 PM at the Schenley Overlook Star Party, sponsored by Pittsburgh City Parks, Park Rangers. ( Schenley Overlook = 40.43081,-79.94584 ) All ages are welcome to enjoy this night enjoying the sky. If you would like help learning how to set-up and use your own telescope or binoculars, please feel free to bring them and arrive an hour early. This free event is being run by the Pittsburgh City Park Rangers. Park ordinances are enforced at all times. Leashed dogs are permissible but must be under the direct control of their owners, and must remain a minimum of 10 feet away from the telescope at all times. Weather make-up date is June 11.