LVAAS General Meeting


Sunday December 12, 7:00 p.m. 

--- Meeting will be held on-line ---


Comet Tales: An introduction to the mythology and science
of comets, along with how to observe them.










Larry McHenry

Larry McHenry has been active in amateur astronomy for over 40 years, and is a member of the Kiski Astronomers, and the Oil Region Astronomical Society (ORAS) in Western Pennsylvania.  You can learn more about Larry's astronomical interests online at his webportal:




A meeting invitation will be emailed to all members.

Prospective new members who wish to attend the meeting should email




Event Updates

The Astro-Imaging meeting scheduled for October 23rd has been canceled due to bad weather!


The state of Pennsylvania has decided to lift many pandemic restrictions as of June 28th. In line with this change LVAAS has decided to open up some activities for its members.

The BOG has approved the following activities for LVAAS Members Only at the South Mountain site:

  • Star Party November 13th 7 p.m.

Note: These events will be held for LVAAS Members Only with the following restrictions:

  •  No restrictions for people who are vaccinated. Masks and Social Distancing are recommended but not mandatory for persons who have not been vaccinated.
  •  While the building will be open to use the bathroom and look around, the Star Parties will not have Planetarium Shows, and there will be No Speaker Presentation. The Red Shift will not be open for limited service (including hot beverages!)
  • Observatories that are open will have alcohol swabs available to wipe down the equipment and viewers will only be allowed in the building one at a time. Others are asked to wait outside the Observatory until it is their turn.


—    LVAAS    —

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