Astronomical Society

of Long Island

Observing objects in the Summer Milky Way with John Vogt’s 32” Dobsonian, at the Stellafane Convention in Vermont.

Photograph Copyright © 2010 Glenn Wester

Astronomical Observing

A brilliant clear, dark night in Vermont, the stars overhead, and the planet Jupiter, all waiting to be observed through a 32” telescope so tall that you need a ladder to reach the eyepiece.

Photograph Copyright © 2010 Ken Spencer

As a club, we observe together and in small groups at several sites on Long Island. We observe together two meeting nights a month, if the weather permits,  both on the lawn at Vanderbilt Planetarium, and in the observatory at the planetarium, using the Meade 16 inch telescope.

Small groups also observe together, using NY State Park Observing Permits,  at Sunken Meadow State Park, and at Robert Moses State Park.  The club has a mailing list, and we use that to coordinate these observing sessions

Additionally, a number of us are members of Custer Institute in Southold, NY, and we gather there as well, to take advantage of some of the darkest skies on Long Island.

A number of ASLI members are also members of Custer Institute and frequently travel to Southold to observe from some of the darkest skies on Long Island.  We did that on October 9 to attend  the Astronomy Jamboree, and were lucky to have wonderful dark skies that evening.  This is a long exposure of about 30 minutes which shows the observatory and dome, and the apparent rotation of stars around the north pole.

Photograph by Copyright © 2010 Glenn Wester

This is ASLI member Steve Lieber observing with his home made 18” telescope, at the Stellafane Convention in Vermont.  Steve made  both the mirror and the telescope.