Wagman Star Parties May 13 & 14, 2016

Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh opens Wagman Observatory to the public Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 2016. No reservations. No charge. No limit to group size. Just show up. Please refer to the Wagman 2016 Star Party Schedule for details.  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. Observatory Phone 724-224-2510.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GLENSHAW, Pa. (May 1, 2016) – View the planet Jupiter and the First Quarter Moon. Watch Mars and Saturn rising later in the evening. It is all part of the show during the May Star Parties at Wagman Observatory sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh. Observe the Spring Constellations and Jupiter with its four Galilean satellites. This event is free and is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14 starting at 8:30 PM EDT.

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 Spring sky such as the galaxies in the Coma-Virgo Cluster, 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.

For those members who usually go to the AAAP Meetings, please do not skip the May 13 meeting for the Friday Star Party. Those who do not attend meetings are welcome to assist with this star party, weather permitting. We only need a handful of members. John Wenskovitch and I will be there. We’ll need one or two members at the desk and a couple to set up scopes on the hilltop. Maybe one or two to assist John and I on the scopes. Sorry about this mistake, but none of us caught it until it was too late to cancel. It is posted in a couple of 2016 calendars, along with several sources that request the dates the Summer before the next SP season.

Tom Reiland, Director

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