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

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Wednesday, June 19 2019 @ 08:55 AM EDT

Mega Meet Rescheduled

 Mega Meet has been rescheduled to June 28/29

Too many clouds and raindrops forecast, and too many other things going on, for us to attempt Mega Meet as previously scheduled.

LVAAS South Mountain HQ Construction Video

 The Construction of LVAAS HQ

YouTube video!

This fascinating 33-minute film has a history that is almost as long and convoluted as LVAAS itself, and its colorful facilities and people. Originally shot on black and white film by Walter W. Leight, it was later transferred to videotape by Dan's Camera City, and narrated by Paul Shenkle, Bill McHugh, and George Maurer. From there it found its way (in 3 versions) onto a DVD possessed by LVAAS Programs Director and club historian, Sandra Mesics. Now, we have taken the longest, unedited version (the one without any music) and uploaded it to Youtube, which has enhanced it to make it more enjoyable than ever.

Featuring many of the founding personalities of LVAAS, this film reveals the very bones of our organization as well as our headquarters building. Enjoy a rarely-seen view into the beginnings of LVAAS!

General Meeting Notice

 LVAAS Members' Night, Annual Picnic and General Meeting

Satday, July 13 at 5 p.m.

Rain date: Sunday, July 14

Dogs in Astronomy



Ginny McSwain

  Associate Professor of Physics

Lehigh University

Dogs in Astronomy:  From the Dog Star to the dog Laika, dogs have always been along for the journey in astronomy and space exploration.  I will highlight some of the science inspired by man's best friend.

Ginny McSwain is an Associate Professor of Physics at Lehigh University.  Her research includes various topics related to massive stars, interacting binaries, and pulsating variable stars.  She recently adopted her first rescue dog.


This is LVAAS' annual Members' Night and picnic. Please plan to bring a covered dish, snack, or dessert. LVAAS will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages.

Also, we will have our annual swap meet! Bring any astronomy-related goodies that you think someone else might enjoy having more than you do, and see if you can make a deal. You will need to bring your own display table.





—    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

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