LVAAS - THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: Promoting, Facilitating and Teaching Astronomy Since 1957

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Tuesday, October 17 2017 @ 06:01 PM EDT



Megameet 2017 is canceled due to unfavorable weather forecast.

This marks the fifth occasion in 2017 for which we have scheduled Megameet and then canceled due to clouds and/or rain.

Therefore, we are officially announcing that we are definitely NOT having a Megameet next weekend (Oct. 20th through 22nd)!

In fact, we probably will not go anywhere near Pulpit Rock, at least not on purpose, and if we do, it will definitely not be for the purpose of looking at the sky. Instead we will wander around with our gaze downcast, admiring the great job that Ron does in maintaining the grass, and imagining what the sky might look like if only we were to glance upward. (If we do glance upward, it will only be for a moment, by accident, and then we will quickly avert our gaze.)

If we take any telescopes up there, or open up any observatories, it will only be to see how they react to being exposed to the mountain air; if we remove any lenscaps, it will only be to make sure that the lenses or mirrors they protect are really still in there; and if we install any eyepieces, it will definitely be strictly for the purpose of making sure they fit. And if you are a member who does not yet have keys, or a guest from another society in the area,  and you want to join us in these activities, you can arrange to be met at the gate by emailing (By the way, the long-term forecast for next weekend is for mostly clear skies. Too bad we definitely won't be trying to take advantage of that, under any circumstances!)

Watch this space for updates on Definitely Not Megameet 2017.

60th Anniversary Banquet -- November 3, 2017 -- click here for info!!!



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THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY -- 620B East Rock Road -- Allentown, PA 18103 -- 610-797-3476 --


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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