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Monthly Business Meeting, September 10, 2021
Time: Sep 10, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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COVID-19 Restrictions for Observatory Buildings and Sites
I recently held a conference call with the Directors and Associate Directors of both observatories, including Tom Reiland, Bill Yorkshire and Rowen Poole from Wagman, and Gene Leis from Mingo (Mingo Associate Directors Brian Crawford and Glenn Smith were
unable to attend). As a result of this call, we’ve come to the consensus that due to the
pandemic it would be in everyone’s best interest to close the observatories to the public
until September 1, 2020. We should also curtail all external (i.e. off-site)star parties
for the same duration. Members can still use the observatories and the observing fields,
however, with restrictions. To some of you the restrictions may seem a little harsh, but
please keep in mind they are for everyone’s safety and well-being, hopefully they will only
be in place for the next four months:
- The entrance gates to both observatories must be locked at all times.
- Nonmembers should not be on the grounds or in the observatories. Keep in mind though that these are public parks and you may encounter someone who is not a member. You may politely ask them to leave the grounds but they are under no obligation to do so.
- Members may not bring guests at this time.
- Telescopes in the field should be at least 10 feet from the building or any other telescope.
- Face masks should be worn inside the observatories.
- Occupancy is limited to one person per room in each observatory.
- No children under the age of 12.
- Practice good personal hygiene, before handling anything in the observatory make sure that your hands are washed or sanitized.
- After using any of the observatory eyepieces you should sanitize the barrel being careful not to touch the optics, it may be in your best interests to bring your own eyepieces.
Hopefully there will be some breakthrough in the treatment of the virus or a vaccine developed and we will be able to go back to showing everyone the wonders of the night sky unrestricted. In the meantime, please stay safe.
AAAP January Meeting
General Business Meeting
Guest Speaker and Topic: Ryan Muzzio presents “Young Stellar Objects: The Opening Chapter in the Life of a Star”
AAAP meetings are always free and open to the public. This meeting will take place at the Allegheny Observatory. Parking is also free.
The AAAP starts the New Year with a sure-to-be fascinating lecture on the early life of stars. We tend to think of stars as very old, but all stars start out as infants and toddlers, so to speak. Our guest speaker for the club’s January 11, 2018 meeting is himself a young star [Read more…] about AAAP January Meeting
Wagman Total Lunar Eclipse Party
Wagman Observatory will be open to the public for the Total Lunar Eclipse on Sunday night January 20 starting 10 PM until 2 AM. Totality lasts from 11:41 to 12:44 AM. Mid-eclipse is at 12:12 AM. Guests will also have the opportunity to observe other celestial wonders during this event.
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.
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 Lunar Eclipse Party will be held WEATHER PERMITTING. The public should call 724-224-2510 for more information.
Wagman Moonrise Star Party – Saturday, September 29th at 7:15pm
Come see the planets Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. Watch the Moonrise at 10:10 PM. It’s all part of the show during the September Moonrise Star Party sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.
Observe the Hercules Cluster, the Ring Nebula and the Andromeda Galaxy. Uranus and Neptune will be available for observing later that evening. This event is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 starting about 7:15 PM EDT.
The Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory [Read more…] about Wagman Moonrise Star Party – Saturday, September 29th at 7:15pm