Solar Observing, Sundays at Central Park

The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York hosts solar observing one Sunday   afternoon each month in Central Park. We’re located right by Conservatory Water (to which many people refer as the “model boat pond”). That’s where model boats are floated and where people observe Pale Male and his celebrated family of red-tailed hawks who live right across Fifth Avenue. The closest entrances are on Fifth Avenue at 72nd and 76th streets.

AAA members will be present with telescopes specially filtered to view the Sun. You may bring your own equipment, but we insist on strict safety provisions due to the dangers of improperly filtered direct solar viewing. All devices used for direct solar viewing must be fitted with approved filters.

Highly expert solar astronomer Tom Haeberle, a Board Member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, leads our Solar Observing at Conservatory Water.

For the January 2013 session, we were lucky enough to have an unseasonably warm and clear day.  The turnout was strong and the viewing was excellent.  Please join us at Conservatory Water for February's Solar Observing on February 24th and look for Tom with his Telescopes.



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  • Thomas H.

    Thanks Doug and everybody for coming out. Sorry we did not have much luck seeing the sun. Next date is March 31st

    February 24, 2013

  • Thomas H.

    Looks like the Sun is doing its best to punch his way thru the clouds!
    "Brave Helios, wake up thy steeds. Bring the warmth the countryside needs."
    Gram Edge -- Moody Blues

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • mark p.

    still on for today?

    February 24, 2013

  • Thomas H.

    I will be there even though Accuweather says 70% cloud cover - there is a chance the sun will come out briefly. Clear-Sky Clock shows better prospects for the 1 to 2pm block -- we'll see.
    Hope to see you there! TH

    February 24, 2013

  • Thomas H.

    Please keep an eye on weather reports and also our website for possible cancellations: www.aaa.org -- be assured, we have every intention of showing up, but be mindful of the weather!

    February 20, 2013

  • Ravi C

    Please send a reminder a few days before the event.Thank you.

    February 2, 2013

    • Thomas H.

      Event coming up soon !!! Hope to see ya there.

      February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I attend the event if I don't have my own telescope? I'm very interested! :)

    February 18, 2013

    • Doug M.

      yes, the telescope/telescopes are provided by Little Hobes. (thanks again Tom)

      February 18, 2013

    • Thomas H.

      Yes, the club has special telescopes used for viewing the sun, such as a solar filter.

      February 19, 2013

  • Robertchaky

    Very interested

    February 18, 2013

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