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 set up telescopes on the Walkway Over the Hudson when they hold their Walkway At Night events.
Membership dues are $25 per year, 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 at https://midhudsonastro.slack.com/ To become a member of the MHAA, go to http://join.midhudsonastro.org .
Enjoy the night sky away from the bright lights of the towns and cities in our area! The night will be dark - perfect for star gazing. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. A telescope is not required.
RSVP is required at least one day beforehand. As a reminder, when you RSVP that you are attending, you will be asked to provide your license plate number and your make and model car. We need this to provide to the Park management who will then provide it to the State Police and State Park Police. If you are not on the list, you are not supposed to be there as we are there after park hours. If you are there and not on the list and the Police show up, the consequences can include revocation of our permit for after hours use.
Please review our guide to star party etiquette if you have not been to one of our star parties before: https://files.meetup.com/2674222/MHAA%20Star%20Party%20Etiquette%20Guide.pdf
As usual, we will be in the West Beach parking lot at Lake Taghkanic.
You can see the Clear Sky Chart for Lake Taghkanic State Park at the address below. It will show various viewing conditions (cloud cover, transparency, darkness) as well as temperature, wind, etc.
Note: Winter and late Fall viewing conditions can be very clear - but also very cold. As you'll be standing around looking at the stars for a while you may feel even colder than otherwise when outdoors. Dress warmly and consider bringing extra layers in case you get colder as the night goes on.