What we're about

We are a group of people in the Mid-Hudson Valley who are interested in Astronomy and Science. We hold monthly star parties at Lake Taghkanic State Park, and monthly presentations at SUNY New Paltz (both open to the public). We also participate in local education and outreach event -- our members are available to make presentations or arrange for public observations of the night sky or the sun and to help beginners learn how to get started in astronomy. When the weather allows, we often set up telescopes on the Walkway Over the Hudson when they hold their Walkway At Night events.

Star parties are generally held on a Friday close to the new moon (with Saturday as a back-up). The dates are listed in our Star Party Schedule (https://sites.google.com/midhudsonastro.org/starpartyschedule). You must register to attend the event (here on Meetup) and you will need to provide your car's license plate and make and model so we can give that info to the park police. You can see the forecast for viewing conditions on the Lake Taghkanic State Park Clear Sky Chart (http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/LkTagNYkey.html?1). If you will be attending one of our star parties, it may help for you to review our MHAA Etiquette Guide (http://midhudsonastro.spy-hill.net/MHAA_Star_Party_Etiquette_Guide.pdf).

Club events are listed on the MHAA Google Calendar (https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=MDdkNHJrMHJpcXMyM2ZlOWhoOWg3ZmFlMzhAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ). Both our Star Parties and our Monthly Presentations are open to the public. (Our Monthly Presentations are preceded by a club business meeting.)

If you are interested in becoming a member of MHAA you can follow these instructions (http://join.midhudsonastro.org/). Annual dues are $25, which we use to support our activities, including insurance for our star parties. Members can borrow club telescopes or from our DVD collection, and can participate in discussions on our Slack discussion channels (https://midhudsonastro.slack.com/) and our members' mailing list at http://mhaa.groups.io .

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently holding our monthly meetings online using Zoom. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom then please take a look at our MHAA Zoom Guide (https://sites.google.com/a/midhudsonastro.org/join/mhaa-zoom-guide).

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Viewing and Imaging the Sun

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Learn how to safely view and image the sun. This presentation will guide you through the various solar scopes available on the market, important differences between the solar setups, the various types of solar filters, what they will show on the sun, and a peak at solar imaging. Host Alex Passas[masked] Password = Galaxy

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Journey to Mars

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