Events on the Horizon – July 2021

If you see a “members only” event in the list below that you want to attend but can’t, become a member ASAP so you can take advantage of these useful opportunities to meet amazing people, gain new skills, and learn about the universe!

 

Summer Smorgasbord Class Series: Telescopes

Tuesday, July 13

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT

Cost: AAA Members Only. $15 for individual class

Location: Zoom

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For most amateur astronomers (and many professionals) the telescope is a surprisingly misunderstood instrument. Yet it is the fundamental tool for all astronomers. By the end of this talk, you’ll know everything you’ve ever wanted to know about telescopes and a lot you were unaware of. Among the topics covered will be the telescope’s origins, fundamentals of telescope optics, how to select the right telescope, and how to maintain a telescope and properly diagnose problems. This presentation is for the total newbie all the way up to the most advanced observer. Taught by Bart Fried, the Executive Vice-President of the AAA.

 

Observing at Carl Schurz Park

Friday, July 16

8:30 – 11:30 p.m. EDT

Cost: FREE

Location: Carl Schurz Park, East 86th Street &, East End Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA (map)

The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York hosts observing sessions, free and open to the public, one Friday night each month from April through October at Carl Schurz Park in Manhattan. Carl Schurz Park is located along East End Avenue at the end of East 86th Street. The park has a lovely view of a lot of sky above the East River, Roosevelt Island, Queens, and the Queensborough and Triborough bridges.

We meet on the park esplanade (John Finley Walk), overlooking the East River. The 86th Street entrance to the park is the closest to where we set up, though that entrance requires climbing stairs to reach the esplanade. You may enter the park at many other points, including 87th or 88th streets, thereby avoiding the stairs.

We encourage anyone wishing to bring a telescope or binoculars to do so, but it is not required. You are more than welcome to look through ours.

For more information, visit: https://www.aaa.org/observing/carl-schurz-park/

 

Observing at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Fridays, July 23 and 30

8:00 – 10:00 p.m. EDT

Cost: FREE

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3 (map)

See the stars from Brooklyn! In conjunction with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will set up telescopes for views of the moon when visible, and stars and other sights in the summer sky. This event is free and you do not need tickets, but masks and sign-in are required on site.

For more information, visit: https://www.aaa.org/observing/observing-at-brooklyn-bridge-park/

 

Solar Observing at Pier I

Sunday, July 25

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

Cost: FREE

Location: Pier I, Riverside Park South, New York, NY 10069 (map)

Join AAA astronomers for Solar Sundays! *Safely* view the Sun through solar filtered telescopes and solar viewing glasses. Never look directly at the Sun without a proper filter. Event is free; masks and registration required on site.

 

Observing at The Evergreen Cemetery

Friday, July 30

8:00 – 10:00 p.m. EDT

Cost: FREE

Location: The Evergreens Cemetery, 1629 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11207, USA (map)

Come have a look at the universe right from the national historic landmark that is The Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. Easily reachable by public transportation, this location has commanding open area views, free of glare from local lighting, where the majority of the urban night sky can be seen. For more information, visit https://www.aaa.org/observing/evergreens-cemetery/

 

 

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