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Field Meets (New Moon weekend) at Pulpit Rock

Members Please Note:  The Pulpit Rock road will be CLOSED for all access from 8:00 am Monday, October 20th until mid-afternoon on Wednesday, October 22nd.  The county will be paving the upper half of the steep hill and around the turn for an equivalent distance.

The Pulpit Rock area had quite a few sighting of BEARs during the Summer of 2012.  Visitors to the site are strongly encouraged to use bear safe practices.  Click on the following for BEAR SAFETY tips.

LVAAS Field Meets are informal monthly gatherings of LVAAS members and their guests, who enjoy both visual observing and astrophotography.  These gatherings are not open to the public, and strict observing protocols concerning white light are enforced.  Since Field Meets are not an organized event, members are asked to please post your plans to attend on the LVAAS Forum so that other members may join you.

Field meets are held each month, on the Saturday closest to the new moon, at Pulpit Rock, our dark sky site located 25 miles west of Allentown, on the mountain between Lenhartsville and Hamburg.  See the Pulpit Rock facility webpage for details about the site and driving directions.

The road leading to the Pulpit Rock facility is steep and unpaved.  During inclement weather members are advised to inquire about the condition of the road before traveling to the facility.  Also, since Pulpit Rock lies within the Hamburg watershed and dam area, a gate key is required for access to the road leading to the observing field.  Keys can be obtained upon a visit to the facility with a qualified member.

Members, once trained on the procedures for use, can obtain specific observatory keys and use the club’s observatory telescopes, or as many members choose to do, bring their own telescope equipment.

Since field meets are held on Saturday’s, members often opt to set-up tents and stay the night. Camping is allowed, but open fires are not.  Also, be advised that there is no potable water available on site.  Bathroom facilities are available in the 40” building, but a separate key is required for entry to the facility.  Note, keys to access the site or for the bathroom in the 40" building can be obtained from the Key Coordinator (see the Contact Us webpage). 

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