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  colarosad@einetwork.net  AAAP Member Volunteers would contact Tim K.

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
Director
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.

Pittsburgh Chapter of International Dark Sky Association Meeting at Wagman Observatory on Thursday June 7th

The Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Dark Sky Association’s next meeting will be hosted by AAAP at Wagman Observatory on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 6:30PM. We’re hoping to discuss new streetlights and strategies for darker skies. Invite friends! Bring portable chairs, if you like. The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh supports dark skies and light pollution outreach. For additional information, please visit the Facebook Event Details page.

Emerald View Park Star Party, Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 9-11pm

Emerald View Star Party , 9 – 11 PM, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, is a free event is being run by the Pittsburgh City Park Rangers with the participation of Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh telescope operator volunteers. Park ordinances are enforced at all times. All ages event. 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.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. AAAP telescope volunteers will share views through their telescopes.

Tuesday 5/29 (Emerald View)
Thursday 5/31 (Emerald View Makeup)