Amateur Astronomers Association, Inc.

Explore the universe with us

Founded in 1927, Amateur Astronomers Association, Inc. is a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes the study and public awareness of the cosmos through observing, education, outreach, astrophotography, and more. Every membership & donation helps us to provide awe-inspiring programming for all to enjoy.

Events on the Horizon

Classes

Introduction to Night Sky Photography

Tuesdays, 7 PM. Oct. 26 (NEW), Nov. 2, 16 (field day), 23, 30; Dec. 7

Don’t put your camera away when the sun sets! Learn how to shoot the night sky with landscapes with a digital SLR or mirrorless camera and ordinary lenses (not through telescopes). How to shoot well composed and exposed starscapes, night sky landscapes, eclipses, the moon, astronomical phenomena. This will be an in-depth course about wide field night sky photography.

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Classes

Urban Astrophotography 101: Planetary Imaging

Thursdays, 7 PM. Sept. 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4

Urban AP 101 teaches the use of Planetary Cameras and software (cameras and software designed specifically for this purpose) which go to the next level – pulling surprising detail from small amateur telescopes, even from the heart of the city. We expand on material of previous UAP classes but now focus on telescope astro cams, not on DSLR cameras.

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Pop-Up Solar Observing

Join AAA astronomers for some solar observing at the Amsterdam Avenue Street Festival! Event is free; masks required. NOTE: Never look directly at the sun

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Classes

Introduction to Night Sky Photography

Tuesdays, 7 PM. Oct. 26 (NEW), Nov. 2, 16 (field day), 23, 30; Dec. 7

Don’t put your camera away when the sun sets! Learn how to shoot the night sky with landscapes with a digital SLR or mirrorless camera and ordinary lenses (not through telescopes). How to shoot well composed and exposed starscapes, night sky landscapes, eclipses, the moon, astronomical phenomena. This will be an in-depth course about wide field night sky photography.

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Classes

Astronomy 101: The Solar System

An introduction to astronomy and the Solar System. Hierarchy and motions of objects in space. Distance measurements. Thumbnail sketch of history and physics of astronomy. Details of the Solar System: sun, moon, planets, asteroids, meteors, comets. Seasons and tides on Earth. Recommended for new AAA members and interested friends/family, and as a review for continuing members who want to take our more specialized classes also.

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Classes

Urban Astrophotography 101: Planetary Imaging

Thursdays, 7 PM. Sept. 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4

Urban AP 101 teaches the use of Planetary Cameras and software (cameras and software designed specifically for this purpose) which go to the next level – pulling surprising detail from small amateur telescopes, even from the heart of the city. We expand on material of previous UAP classes but now focus on telescope astro cams, not on DSLR cameras.

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Stargaze in NYC

No telescope, no problem! Our members set up their scopes all over the city for … Looking to observe and see the stars in the New York area? Come Join us at a FREE observing event!

Learn Astronomy

From astrophysics to current missions, attend a free lecture or join a class and learn all about the wonders of our cosmos.

Join Our Community

Our members are passionate amateur astronomers from New York and all over the world. Join us for access to members only events and programs.

Astrophotography

Connect with our members ranging from industry leaders to beginner photographers. There’s resources for imaging at any level.

Latest Articles from Our Magazine

Eyepiece

What’s Up in the October Sky

October’s Evening Planets: Bright Venus will be moving between Libra the Scales and Sagittarius the Archer for about 2 hours after sunset. Jupiter and Saturn will

Photos Of The Month

In this new segment of Eyepiece, we want to showcase all of the talent from within AAA when it comes to astrophotography.

Here are the chosen photos for the month of October.

2021-2022 Lecture Series

Hello fellow amateur astronomers! I am proud to announce that the new lecture season is at hand. On October 12th, the first lecture of the

Message From AAA’s President

Hello astro-enthusiasts and happy October!  I’m not going to beat around the bush, or star-field for that matter. Instead, I am just going to lay