LVAAS General Meeting

Sunday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.

An Introduction to Deep Sky Observing

So you've looked at the Moon and the planets with your telescope, what else is there to see? 

Plenty! Nebulae, star clusters, dying stars and galaxies are all visible in amateur telescopes. 

This talk will introduce each type of object, describe what they are and give some bright and

easy to find examples. Some practical tips for beginning deep sky observers are also given.


Bill Murray

An amateur astronomer for more than 50 years, Bill was employed as a software engineer in the electron optics division of the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton for 18 years. More recently he has taught high school mathematics and physics at Trenton Catholic Academy in Hamilton, NJ and is currently employed as planetarium technician at the New Jersey State Museum Planetarium in Trenton, NJ. A long time, 36 years, member of the AAAP Bill has held the posts of Observatory Chairman, Secretary, Program Chairman, Assistant Director and Director in the club.


- Meeting will be held ON-LINE ONLY! -

Prospective new members who wish to attend the meeting should email



July 11 general meeting video - click here

Astroimaging and Star Parties canceled until further notice

The Board meeting November 29 will be held on-line. If you are a Full Member and you wish to attend the Board Meeting, please e-mail to request an invitation.

LVAAS facilities are now available for use by members, individually and in small groups. Please adhere to the guidelines at this link.

Watch this space for news about future events! There is a high likelihood of cancellation of upcoming events at LVAAS facilities. However, we are now having some online events.


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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.


South Mountain Clear Sky Chart  image

Pulpit Rock Clear Sky Chart         image