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THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETYMembers Please Note:  The Pulpit Rock road is a qualified "OPEN".  All but the top 500' feet of road is covered with stones about half the size of a fist.  The road is thus open, but it may be a bit rough.  You can make it up with a car.  Any excavation along the upper 500' will be closed at the end of each workday, so by late afternoon you should be able to drive up to the observing field.  The last of the excavation is expected to be completed by the end of April and then the road will be fully remediated.


Founded in 1957, the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society (LVAAS) is one of the oldest continuously-operating amateur astronomy organizations in the U.S. The mission of LVAAS is to promote the study of Astronomy and to maintain a meeting space, observatories, and a planetarium.

LVAAS operates two astronomy sites: The South Mountain site in Salisbury Township is the headquarters of the Society. It has a planetarium with a Spitz A3P projector, a 21 foot dome, meeting space, the Red Shift store, library, workshop space, and three observatories. The Pulpit Rock site near Hamburg is LVAAS's members-only dark sky site. At 1600 feet above sea level, the site features five observatories and a pad for member's scopes.

Members who receive training on the scopes may obtain keys to the observatories. LVAAS also maintains a rental "fleet" of telescopes that members may rent at low cost. Members also receive access to The Observer, our online newsletter, as well as reduced subscription prices to Sky and Telescope and Astronomy Magazine. If you want to learn more about astronomy and LVAAS, please join us at our next public star party.

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Pulpit Rock Clear Sky Chart         image

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John L. Dobson

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   R.I.P. John Lowry Dobson

           1915 - 2014




It is with great sadness that we recognize the passing on January 15, 2014 of John Dobson: visionary thinker, inspired teacher, and citizen of the world. Although John will always be remembered for his remarkable telescope design he was much more than that. John touched many lives, and countless people young and old have been inspired by his "sidewalk astronomy", his many talks on telescope making and cosmology, and his amazing personality. It is safe to say that John showed more people the wonders of the cosmos through a telescope than any other person, living or dead. John Dobson will be sadly missed but fondly remembered.

In John's memory the Sidewalk Astronomers have dedicated this year's International Sidewalk Astronomy Night (ISAN) to him, to be held worldwide on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Astronomers everywhere are encouraged to get out into the community that night to commemorate John's life and continue his legacy.

More on John Dobson can be found at these two sites:  and


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