February Star Party

Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association
Public group

Lake Taghkanic State Park

Lake Taghkanic State Park · Elizaville, NY

How to find us

Go to the West Beach parking lot and look for the people setting up telescopes!!

Location image of event venue


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.