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THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
Members Please Note: The Pulpit Rock road rebuild is finished. To preserve the road, please use AWD (All Wheel Drive) or 4WD on the steep section. IF you do not have AWD/4WD use 2nd gear and if you get stuck (forward progress stops) on the steep section, DO NOT SPIN your wheels (it digs holes in the road), rather back down to the bottom of the straight away and simply get another run at the steep section. Site access with a FWD (front wheel drive) vehicle is not recommended unless you know how to drive on a very steep slope with loose stones.
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.