by David Skitt
Last week, Jennifer and I had the opportunity to visit the Adirondack Public Observatory in Tupper Lake, NY for a daytime tour. Their mission is “to provide quality educational experiences for people of all ages through the science, technology and history of astronomy” under the dark skies that the Adirondack Mountains provide. I encourage you to check out their website http://www.apobservatory.org to learn more about their mission, methods and to see their large Roll-Off-Roof observatory.
While visiting with Carol Levy and Gordie Duval (President and Vice President of the group) they informed me of their upcoming Astrophotography Workshop scheduled for September 18-20, 2015. They were very enthusiastic about the event, and I promised them I would spread the word to AAAP members. The event takes place in Tupper Lake, NY, which is about a 6.5 hour drive from the Princeton area. More information about the event can be viewed here: http://www.apobservatory.org/pages/events.html.
Jennifer and I can attest to the dark skies of the Adirondack Mountains. Where we stayed in Speculator, NY, the Milky Way was visible horizon to horizon, and the Andromeda Galaxy was visible with the unaided eye. We can only imagine how enjoyable learning astrophotography would be under the Adirondack dark skies. If interested in this event, feel free to call the APO office at (518) 359-3538. They should be able to recommend places to stay and suggest making arrangements now as the fall-foliage followers tend to flock to the area around the same time as the workshop.