Enthusiasm for observational astronomy, curiosity about cosmology, achievements with CCD imaging and technology. These and all other aspects of astronomy are interests shared by members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton. The club is based in Princeton, (Mercer County) New Jersey.
This organization of 100 + promotes astronomy-related activities for members and non-members, novice to expert. A wide spectrum of astronomy interests are explored at the AAAP through regular meetings, workshops, use of the two club observatories, public outreach and regional star parties.
Come explore our web site. Here you'll find details about our organization's meetings, discussion topics, members and their scopes, and a lot more. Our organization maintains two observatories: the larger in Washington Crossing State Park (housing a research-grade 355mm Schmidt-Cassegrain catadioptric and historic 159mm Hastings-Byrne refractor). A second facility is found at Jenny Jump State Park in northwestern New Jersey. This houses a 318mm custom-built Newtonian reflector.
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Each Friday Evening -- Weather Permitting
Visit the Universe at our state-of-the-art astronomical observatory, located near Pennington, NJ just minutes from I-95. AAAP astronomers will show you galaxies, planets, nebulae, globular clusters and open star clusters. You will see the night sky like never before through our telescopes: a research-grade Celestron 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain and a historic 6.25" Hasting-Byrne refractor
** New for 2015! ---> We've installed a Mallincam astronomical video imaging system. View deep sky objects on an LCD screen.
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PUBLIC LECTURE: REMOTE OBSERVING AND ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY
OCOTOBER 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM, PEYTON HALL , IVY LANE, PRINCETON CAMPUS
The October meeting will be held on the 13th at 7:30 PM in Peyton Hall. The talk will be by amateur astronomer Scott Nammacher, who will speak about the building of a private remotely controlled observatory in upstate NY. He will also discuss the equipment and the processes used to take astronomical images. The talk ends with the showing of some of his images. His web site is http://starmere.smugmug.com.
Scott Nammacher grew up in Minneapolis, MN and as a small boy was first was introduced to astronomy by way of a “Star Party”. Also in college he took a course in astronomy. He then moved to New York to pursue a career in publishing and later in the financial field. Over the years, he commuted through Grand Central Station where Meade telescopes were prominently displayed in one of the stores. In 2003 he bought an 8-inch Go-To telescope to introduce his children to the wonders of the universe above. His interest grew as well, and he started doing astrophotography shortly afterwards. In 2008, he became interested in building a fixed-place observatory to expand his hobby. He found a place in upstate NY and built a full observatory by early 2009. He restarted his astrophotography work, but with a 12.5” and a 5” telescope and two specialized CCD cameras.
In 2012 he mounted his first one-man show, a three-month show at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, NY. In 2015 he did his second full show with pictures from two remotely operated telescopes (one in Australia and the other in New Mexico) at the Pound Ridge Library.
Now through October 29 Scott’s photos are on display at the Somers Library, Route 139 & Reis Park, Somers, NY 10589. The exhibit is called “Treasures of the Northern and Southern Night Skies.”
Please join us for what will be an informative and interesting talk!
A members-only, meet-the-speaker dinner will begin at 6:00 PM at Winberie's Restaurant. Members, please RSVP via email to email@example.com for a reservation.
Peyton Hall is home to the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, and is located just east of Washington Road, adjacent to Palmer Stadium, on the Princeton University campus.
STAR PICNIC AND ASTRO EQUIPMENT AUCTION
OCTOBER 18, 2015, 3:00 PM, WASHINGTON-CROSSING PARK NATURE CENTER PAVILLION
(RAIN DATE: OCTOBER 25, 2015)
The auction will go even if cloudy weather, but in event of rain the date is Oct 25. AAAP members and family/friends are invited to participate. The club has recently acquired through donations several useful pieces of astronomy equipment, and it’s time to put these items in the hands of members. This is your chance to pick up good a telescope, mount, eyepiece, book, and more, at unbelievably low prices. Whatever doesn’t go at the auction will be sold on AstroMart.