2011 Star Party Schedule Mingo Creek Park Observatory April 8 & 9 May 6 & 7 June 3 & 4 July 8 & 9 Aug 5 & 6 Sept 17 Oct 1, 15 & 29

Date: Friday, 6/3/2011

Location: Mingo Creek Park Observatory, Mansion Hill Road Extension, Finleyville, PA 15332, Monongahela, PA 15063

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Information for Visitors:

Star Parties begin at dusk.

Share views through the club's two fixed telescopes, members telescopes on the hill, and the planetarium for the kick-off of Mingo' 2011 Public Star Party Season.


Mingo Star Party Schedule Brochure October 2010-2011 (PDF, 273 KB)

Mingo Creek County Park Map (PDF, 2.21 MB)

Location Details

Mingo Creek Park Observatory
Mingo Creek Park Observatory 10 Shelter Way Finleyville, PA 15332 Mingo Creek Park Observatory is atop Mansion Hill Road Extension, beyond Shelter 10. 40.2110 N, 80.0190 W 360 meters Map and Directions: http://www.co.washington.pa.us/documentcenter/view/199

Mansion Hill Road Extension
Finleyville, PA 15332

Monongahela, PA 15063

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Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh Website


Upcoming Mingo Public Star Parties

The Amateur Astronomers
Association of Pittsburgh
Mingo Creek Park Observatory
(Mingo Creek Park, Washington County)
• April 9 • May 6 – 7
• June 10 – 11 • July 8 – 9
• Aug 12 – 13 • Sept 23 – 24
• Oct 21 – 22 • Nov 12 Bundle-up

Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory
(Deer Lakes Park, A llegheny County)
• April 15 – 16 • May 13 – 14
• June 10 – 11 • July 8 – 9
• Aug 12 – 13
• Sept 10 – 24 (Dark Sky)
• Oct 8 – 22 (Dark Sky) • Nov 5

Typical star party evening schedule:
7:30 PM Open Rain or shine, cloudy or clear!
Mingo's Richard A. Haddad Planetarium:
8:00 PM Sky Show;
8:40 PM Presentation: Introduction to Amateur Astronomy
9:20 PM Sky Show;
10:00 PM Movie: Cosmic Castaways

Park along the Observing Hill Road. Please use Parking Lights, between Shelter 10 and the Observatory, and observe reservation of Handicapped Parking Pad next to the Observatory Building.
No Smoking is observed, not only inside but also outside on the observatory grounds. Please respect the delicate telescope optics.
The observatory has no running water but does have a park style handicapped access, outdoor restroom.
Be advised to there is no water onsite. Bring your own beverage.
No Alcohol is permitted on the grounds.
Mingo Creek County Park Directions
Directions from Rte. 136 Park Entrance, at Mansion Hill Road:
From Route 43, take the Monongahela Exit, procede west on Rte. 136. Turn right on Mansion Hill Road, entering the park. Proceed down the hill, crossing the Henry Covered Bridge. Cross Mingo Creek Road, and proceed up Mansion Hill Extension toward Shelter 10. Observatory is to the right and up the hill.
Declination, January 7, 2011: -9 degrees 6 minutes. Change, -1 minute/year or 1 degree W/year.
Elevation: 1150 ft. or 380 meters.
Latitude and Longitude: 40.2110 N, 80.0190 W
Mingo Creek County Park Map
Henry Covered Bridge Informaton Page, with useful information such as driving directions, including Google Street View, and photos of bridge. Signs pointing to Mingo Observatory, will be posted on public star party nights, starting at Henry Bridge.
Mingo Creek Park Observatory Topographical Map
2012 Washington County Parks and Recreation Guide
2012 Official Washington County VisitorsGuide
AAAP Event List
Ir Flares
ISS - Visible Passes
GOCE Visible Passes for Mingo Creek Park Observatory
Secret Space Plane X-37B Visible Passes for Mingo Creek Park Observatory
AccuWeather.com Astronomy Forecast/Facts for Mingo Creek Park Observatory
Unysis Weather, United States
Unysis Weather, North East
Rise and Set Times: Sun, Moon and Planets (Clicking "Search," displays table.)
Monthly Sky Map from Adler Planetarium Free download for personal and educational use. Guests especially school and scout groups may wish to print these in advance of visit and familiarize with the night's sky.
WQED OnQ Video - Amateur Astronomers
Amateur Astronomers of Pittsburgh Website
AAAP on Facebook
More Observing Resources suggested by Galileoscope.org online resources, are found on pages 27 -28 in pdf of Galileoscope Manual.
Observing Resources
There are many good observing resources available online. Here are some of the best free web sites and programs.
"Best Free Astronomy Software, May 2011 "* *Not endorsed, only listed.
Stellarium: http://www.stellarium.org/
Stellarium is a free open source planetarium program. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Stellarium allows you to input your location, date and time and see what objects are visible in the night sky.
WorldWide Telescope:
Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope is a powerful program that allows you to explore the night sky. It can function as a traditional planetarium program but allows you to call up astronomical images from a variety of sources and create you own tours of the night sky. It is currently only available for Windows, but a web-based version is coming soon.
Google Sky: http://www.google.com/sky/
Google Sky is an extension of Google Earth that will function as a planetarium program in addition to allowing you to access images and data on astronomical objects. Clicking on any object brings up information on the object and links to images. You can see the night sky as it appears from anywhere on Earth.
Virtual Moon Atlas: http://www.ap-i.net/avl/en/start
The Virtual Moon Atlas is a free computer program that shows that allows you to make highly detailed maps of the Moon to assist in observations. You can find the phase of the Moon as well as rise and set times. You can find features by name and determine the best time to observe different features on the Moon. Available for Windows only.
Sky Charts:
Sky Charts is a free planetarium program available for Windows. Once you enter your location and time, you can see what is visible in the night sky to help you plan your observations.
Uncle Al's Sky Wheel:
Uncle Al's Sky Wheel is a free printable planisphere. Once assembled, this sky chart can be set to help you find the constellations at any time of night for any night of the year. Sky Wheels are very useful if you are you are observing and do not have access to a computer at your observing site.
Heavens Above:
Heavens Above is best known for its predictions of visible satellite passes. This site also has information on visible comets, the Moon and the planets to help you determine what is visible in the night sky. You can find rise and set times as well as locations for all the major planets and bright comets.
Go StargazeNight Sky Network iPhone app that connects you to astronomy clubs and their stargazing events within seconds. You can search for events near your current location or find out what's happening across the U.S.A.
Satellite Flybys from SpaceWeather.com
SpaceWeather.com a source for news and information about the Sun-Earth Environment.
AAAP on Facebook
AAAP Meetings on Twitter,