Join us on December 17th, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. for our next public meeting & observing night. The current gate closure time is 7 p.m. After that time, a code is needed for park entry.

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Helpful information for your observing sessions

This section will provide helpful information which you can use to maximize your observing opportunities. We’ll post sky charts, finder charts, target lists for stars, double stars, deep sky objects and more formal catalogs such as Messier, Caldwell, Herschel, etc.

Some may be PDF files, others may be spreadsheets or just JPEG images, but if you have a printer and would like to prepare your own copies to take out to the field, or your backyard, then have at it.

We’ll also be adding finder charts and lists of Comets, Meteor Showers and those hard to find Solar System objects (sorry Pluto, but I can’t call you a Planet any more).

We will start with a listing of the monthly observing presentations given by our current observing superviors. They contain current information for the month in which they were presented and other usefull information about the night sky.

Next we have some monthly Sky Charts and Target Lists. Hopefully we’ll have these available before you need them so you can plan your observing ahead. Keep checking in , as these will be updated often.

Here are some easy, and not-so-easy targets for those nights when you’d rather not drag that scope out, but it’s just too nice to stay inside. Grab those binoculars and bag a few gems. There’s nothing good on TV anyway.

OK, so you’ve got that scope out and you’d like to see what all the fuss is about with those Double Stars?

Here’s a few to keep you up late.

Not so fired up with Doubles, don’t fret, we’ve got plenty more where those came form. How ’bout some Faint Fuzzies.

Is it a nice night and you just feel like a little Naked Eye Observing, then check out when the next Meteor Shower is predicted.

Or perhaps you’d prefer some more challenging Solar System Objects.

Here are some other useful items: