Darling Hill Observatory Will NOT OPEN Tonight (Saturday, 24 March) For The Messier Marathon

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

We add rain to overcast conditions tonight, meaning our “official” Messier Marathon weekend was an official wash for 2012. We await chances for a few “unofficial” sessions in coming weeks, including our next Public Viewing Session on April 13 (14 alt.). Stay tuned!

SAS Astronomical Chronicle For July 2011

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophile!

The July 2011 newsletter has been posted in advance of the next Public Viewing Session and can be downloaded below:

Astronomical Chronicle for July 2011

If the weather holds, this should prove to be a busy Saturday at Darling Hill. The originally-scheduled lecture/demonstration on telescope collimation by Bob Piekiel is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. This lecture provides you an opportunity to learn about the most important post-purchase piece of telescope maintenance at the hands of the arguably the most knowledgeable telescope owner in Central New York. The 6:30 start provides plenty of daylight as well, meaning you can also see the Darling Hill Observatory grounds in the daytime for a change!

NOTE 1: If the weather is bad on SATURDAY we will be hosting Bob Piekiel on FRIDAY at 7:00 p.m. (a reverse rain date). Be sure to check the website at 5:00 p.m. on Friday for the final announcement.

To this evening activity we have added a special Solar Observing Session from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. lead by none other than Barlow Bob himself! The only thing more extensive than the collection of solar observing equipment that will be at DHO is Barlow Bob’s knowledge on the subject of solar observing. If you’ve never observed out closest star through proper equipment, I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy this rare (for Darling Hill, that is) daytime observing session.

NOTE 2: The final announcement for this session (weather-pending) will be by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday on the website.

In the event you need it, copies of the sky chart for the afternoon will be available at the observatory, else feel free to print out the chart below:

Two great sessions on one (hopefully) clear day (and night) and the three hour buffer in between gives you a chance to cram all of your other Saturday activities in. Please join us for both!

SAS Astronomical Chronicle For May 2011

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophile!

The SAS Astronomical Chronicle for May 2011 is now posted (a bit close to the edge of May due to the April/May double-viewing overlap). Note that next week is our next Public Viewing session and we are hosting a lecture at White Branch Library on June 4 at 3:00 p.m. Stay tuned to the website next Friday and Saturday for weather updates.


April 1 – Darling Hill Observatory Will NOT Be Opening For Its Messier Marathon Tonight

Friday, April 1st, 2011

The Messier Marathon scheduled for tonight (and possibly tomorrow) will not be happening at Darling Hill due to the overcast Nor’easter conditions, expectation of rain/snow through tonight and tomorrow, and the considerable amount of ice and snow still on the edges of the observatory grounds and our winding uphill driveway.

Darling Hill grounds on Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The Clear Sky Clock shows clearing conditions for tomorrow night, although the Observatory grounds will likely still not be ready for hosting. We will update on the website tomorrow.