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Star Party Schedule

Star Party Instructions



Welcome to the new website for the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers, Inc. Our new web presence is made possible by our friends at Dudley Observatory.


The Albany Area Amateur Astronomers (AAAA) fosters public interest in astronomy.  We are have nearly 150 members: beginners, experts, and everyone in between, who are privileged to share their enjoyment of astronomy with the public.   We meet on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM at the miSci Museum, with the exception of the month of August when we meet at the George Landis Arboretum in Esperance, NY. All meetings are free of charge and open to the public. Meeting programs include speakers, films, slide shows, and planetarium demonstrations. Some club members write a daily astronomical telephone message for Dudley Observatory. Phone 382-7890 ext. 229 after 5 PM or on weekends to hear this free recording.

We hold public observing sessions, called star parties, at the George Landis Arboretum in Esperance, Grafton Lakes State Park, and other sites. The club owns an 18 inch telescope, and members bring a variety of other telescopes to these gatherings.  We are happy to share the views of deep sky wonders or offer help to those new to the hobby.   Our members can also offer advice on how, where, and what to purchase for you or your family’s first telescope.

All club activities are open to the public, and you do not need to be a member to participate. But, if you are serious about astronomy, please consider joining the club. Benefits of membership include the Abrams Sky Calendar, which is a monthly publication from Michigan State University for sky watching without a telescope; discount rates for magazines and books; our monthly electronic newsletter, The Celestial Times; and the use of the club's loaner telescopes.

Joining AAAA

Annual club dues are $25.00 and include the Abrams Sky Calendar.
Membership dues support club functions and our public education activities. For information on joining, email Alan French at

Join the Astro_Albany Yahoo Goup

Members of the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers use the Astro Albany Yahoo Group to coordinate (and if necessary, cancel) scheduled and impromptu observing sessions.  Observing reports, astronomy-related questions, and the latest space exploration efforts are frequent topics.   This group is open to the general public and membership is free.