Wagman Star Parties, July 20 and 21, 2018

Wagman Observatory July Star Parties are  Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 at 8:45 PM EDT. This is an opportunity for amateur astronomers, students and the general public to observe the wonders of the summer sky such as Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Visitors will also be able to observe the Moon about one to two days after First Quarter, the Hercules cluster and the Ring Nebula.  See a region of space where stars are being born, catch a dazzling views of four bright planets, visit the craters of the moon and marvel at our Milky Way Galaxy’s finest clusters and nebulae.  It is all part of the show during the July Star Parties at Wagman Observatory sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.

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. 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. The Star Parties will be held weather permitting. For more information check out our web page at: www.3ap.org, AAAP’s Facebook or phone the observatory at 724-224-2510.

Wagman Mars Star Parties July 27 & 28, 2018

In honor of Mars making its closest approach since 2003  Mars Star Parties at Wagman Observatory have been added to the AAAP Star Party Schedule on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28, 2018. The Mars  2018 close approach inspires us to offer a special opportunity to see features of the Martian surface such as light and dark areas, streaks and lines. We are hoping the clouds on both planets cooperate. Just as we have had a rainy/cloudy summer here, a massive dust storm has broken out on Mars. More details to be developed. In the meantime, please save the dates.

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.

AAAP Observatory Star Parties, May 18 and 19, 2018

The Saturday, May 19, 2018 Star Parties at both Wagman and Mingo Observatories are cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Friday, May 18, 2018 Star Party at Wagman Observatory is cancelled due to inclement weather.

AAAP invites the public to enjoy the spring skies and astronomy outreach this weekend at both the Wagman (8:45 PM)  and Mingo (6:30 PM) Observatories on both Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, nights. Enjoy the planet Jupiter and the Moon half a week past Full. Learn the constellations and bright stars. See distant nebula. View through the large observatory fixed telescopes and through the telescopes and big binoculars of our member volunteers on the the hill. Engage in stimulating discussion of astronomy topics. Learn about telescopes and astronomical observing. These events are free and open to the public. Donations to support continued outreach is appreciated. Check back here  and on AAAP’s Facebook for updates including inclement weather and ground conditions. If in doubt, please call the observatory phone numbers listed below.

Wagman Observatory, 225 Kurn Road, Tarentum, PA 15084  Phone 724-224-2510, Latitude 40.627 degrees N, Longitude 79.813 degrees W .

Mingo Creek Park Observatory, 1 Shelter 10 Road, Finleyville, PA  15332 Phone 724-348-6150, Latitude 40.211 degrees, Longitude -80.020 degrees Declination -9 degrees. 

Wagman Observatory May 18 & 19, 2018 Star Parties

Wagman Observatory May Star Parties are Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19 starting at 8:45 PM EDT. This is an opportunity for amateur astronomers, students and the general public to observe the wonders of the Spring sky such as the galaxies in the Coma-Virgo Cluster, planetary nebulae and star clusters. View the planet Jupiter and the Moon four nights before First Quarter.   Observe the Spring Constellations, Venus and Jupiter with its four Galilean satellites.  It is all part of the show during the May Star Parties at Wagman Observatory sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.

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. 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. The Star Parties will be held weather permitting. For more information check out our web page at: www.3ap.org, AAAP’s Facebook or phone the observatory at 724-224-2510.

AAAP 2018 Star Party Season Kicks-Off This Weekend

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh kicks-off its 2018 Star Party Season this weekend with the added “fireworks” of the Lyrid Meteor Shower and the weather looks good to very good all weekend! Wagman Observatory will have a star party on both Friday and Saturday starting at 8:05 PM. Mingo Observatory will open on Saturday at 6:00 PM for Safe Solar Viewing. Also on Saturday during the day, there will be AAAP telescope viewing and astronomy activities at the Westmoreland Earth Day, 1-6 PM, Winnie Palmer Nature Center, Latrobe, PA. On Sunday, AAAP will be at the Mt. Lebanon Earth Day (SUNDAY, 22nd APRIL 2018,11am – 3pm, MT LEBANON PARK, 900 Cedar Blvd, Mt. Lebanon, PA15228) offering telescope safe solar viewing and astronomy activities.  At Laurel Hill State Park the Earth Day Celebration starts early at 9AM, Saturday, at the Visitor Center.

During the daytime events, enjoy safe solar viewing and astronomy activities.  Night sky observing begins at dusk. Look for Lyrid Meteors when the sky darkens. These meteors will be best seen before dawn on Saturday and Sunday mornings. See the planet Venus. View the Waxing Crescent Moon. Catch a last glimpse of the Orion nebula and other wonders of the Spring sky such as the galaxies in the Coma-Virgo Cluster, planetary nebulae and star clusters. These events are free and open to the public. Star party donations are appreciated. Be sure to obtain our 2018 Star Party Schedule, printed copies at our events and downloads on our website.  Contact AAAP via Facebook or our website calendar for more updates and more information.