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Perseid Meteor Shower & Star Party!

Posted by Sean McClain, August 7th, 2019

Star Party

The weather is shaping up to allow for a Saturday night Star Party at DHO. This month, the full moon coincides with the peak night of the Perseids meteors, but all is not lost. If the meteor show is subdued by the moon’s glare too much, you can look at the moon through the main scope. As they say, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”

So bring your lawn chairs, comfortable seating, a sweater, and bug spray, along with your favorite snacks and beverages to our Darling Hill Observatory this coming Saturday night, 8/10, for this free event, starting around 8:45. We’ll open up the roof and gaze at the moon and planets (at least), so there will be something for everyone to see if the meteors aren’t spectacular. We’re expecting a large crowd, so please park around the perimeter of the grassy meadow, facing your (dimmed) headlights into the woods. Let’s use the open area in the middle for people, lawn chairs, and telescopes. Remember, there are four concrete telescope platforms (with power) available to anyone on a first-come-first-served basis. And our new privy is open for business, too.

If it’s cloudy, watch this space for any cancellation/postponement emails on Friday night and Saturday morning. Rain date will be Sunday, 8/11.

For directions to our Darling Hill Observatory, click http://www.syracuse-astro.org/dho-occ-directions/

See our website www.syracuse-astro.org for more information about our organization.

Get more info on the 2019 Perseid meteor shower here: https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-perseid-meteor-shower

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Excellent Viewing for our July Public Observing Night!

Posted by Sean McClain, July 27th, 2019

We had a very productive Board Meeting last night and an excellent clear night for public observing.  Thank you to all of the guests who came out to Darling Hill Observatory last night! We enjoyed sharing our observatory and knowledge with you. A special thanks to all the members of the Community Library of Dewitt and Jamesville and to Emily Wormuth for helping them find us! Thank you also to our generous members who prepared the observatory and grounds, operated telescopes, and answered questions. Lastly, thank you to those who were able to donate to the Syracuse Astronomical Society. Your donations keep Darling Hill Observatory functioning for current and future generations of Syracuse area residents!
Last night we had a very clear and steady night for viewing. There was thin haze that allowed Syracuse City lights to increase the ambient light level somewhat, but the Milky Way was easily visible, and Andromeda was visible by the naked eye when I looked around midnight. We had approximately 70 guests and about 12 SAS members. Guests began arriving as early as 8:15. Tony Krishock, Mike Brady, Robert Stell, Mark Ellinwood, and Stephen Capp all had scopes set up around the yard, and of course, Raymond J Dague and Jeff Higgins operated the 16″ Cave Reflector from the main observatory.
Targets included Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and Titan, The Ring Nebula, the Dumbbell Nebula, Alberio, The Veil Nebula and many others. The Milky Way was clearly visible stretching from the swan Cygnus down through the tip of the tea kettle Sagittarius starting around 10 PM.
Scopes included an 8″ Dobsonian, two 11″ SCTs, one 8″ SCT, our 16″ GEM mounted Newtonian with Push-to, and an 18″ Truss mounted Dobsonian with Push-to (Please correct me if I got any of the scopes wrong. Feel free to add info if you want so I can get them right in the future!)
Guests stayed up to closing time (11:45) and hopefully all had an enjoyable and thought-provoking experience. Come again soon.

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June Public Observing Moved to Saturday June 29th

Posted by Sean McClain, June 28th, 2019

Tomorrow night has a better chance of clear skies than tonight, so we’re going to postpone our board meeting and public observing until tomorrow night. Join us for public observing from 9 to 11:45 at Darling Hill Observatory Saturday, June 29th.  See you there!

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Tonight is “Moon Night” at DHO 8-10 PM. Members and Non-Members are Invited!

Posted by Sean McClain, June 11th, 2019


All members and future members,

The rain will end by noon, the cold front will pass. It will be cold and a little windy, but you will probably see the half-moon as you’ve never seen it before…during the day and at night.

Bring your smartphone to capture images if you’d like to show your friends what you saw at DHO. I will be testing our new phone adapters with the Cave.

I’ll need someone to help open the roof at 8 PM. Since it’s a school/work night, I plan to close the roof and building at 10 PM, but members are welcome to stay longer and lock the gate on their way home.


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Public Observing Friday 5/31/19 at DHO!

Posted by Sean McClain, May 30th, 2019

We are GO for Public Observing tomorrow night, Friday, May 31st starting at 9:00 PM and going to 11:45!  According to my three favorite sky cover predictors (www.wunderground.comforecast.weather.gov, and www.cleardarksky.com), there is a good chance there will be a big hole in the gray blanket that protects CNY most nights.  I plan to arrive around 7:00 PM to finish cleaning up and unboxing the books in the observatory.  Members are welcome to stop by any time of course.  Non-members may show up starting at 9:00 PM.  With a little luck, we’ll be using the Nexus II system to find Deep Space Objects well into the wee hours!