AAAP is the premier amateur astronomy club in New Jersey and the northeast USA. We offer a 50+ year history of providing hands-on, mindful experiences to enhance members understanding of the astrophysical universe from the theoretical, observational, and educational perspectives.
Monthly meetings convene at Peyton Hall, home of the Princeton University Dept of Astrophysical Sciences. AAAP is grateful for the privilege of holding our monthly meetings/lecture series at Peyton Hall. We revel in the atmosphere provided by this historically great center of astronomy.
AAAP membership offers the following astronomy opportunities:
⋄ Great monthly presentations by professionals and advanced amateurs at our meetings on the Princeton campus. Guest speakers include professors and post-docs from Princeton Astrophysics, IAS, and other area institutions.
⋄ Members have direct exposure to learning the celestial sphere, observing techniques, telescope operation, astrophotography, and other aspects of astronomy from experienced astronomer members.
⋄ Train to become an Observer at our state-of-the-art observatory in Washington Crossing State Park, NJ. Becoming trained as a Keyholder allows 24/7 access to the Observatory. Instruments currently include Celestron C14, Mallincam Xtreme video telescope, and historic 6.25-inch refractor, all on Software Bisque Paramount-ME computer-guided equatorial mounts.
⋄ Observer teams convene each Friday night from April through October for public astronomy at the Observatory.
Interested members also participate in a wide variety of educational astronomy outreach events with schools, youth groups, and adults in the area.
⋄ Club-sponsored field trips to significant regional centers of astronomy, physics, engineering and related fields.
⋄ Members have occasional opportunities to purchase telescopes, mounts, and other equipment at low prices when they arise through AAAP's network.
How to join -
⋄ Print and fill out the membership form and mail to:
⋄ Dues for the full fiscal year are $40 and are renewable each October.
⋄ For new members joining July through December, dues for the year are $40.
⋄ For those joining January to May, dues are $20.
⋄ For those joining June-September, please pay $40 which also covers the next fiscal year.