Oct. 11 start time is 6 PM.
Public is invited to the 2014 Mingo Creek Observatroy Public Star Party
Season. Location: Mingo Creek Park Observatory, Mansion Hill Road Extension, Finleyville, PA 15332 Individual dates will be updated as needed. All astronomy events are weather and staff permitting and vary with the season of the year and astronomical events. Groups leaders please email MingoSPCoordina tor@3ap.org in advance. For more information:
www.3ap.org and https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/event-list.cfm?ClubID=675

Typical Planetarium Schedule: Movie: 6:30 PM and 10:00 PM “TBD,” 7:15 PM Presentation “TBD”; 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM Sky Show. Check back as dat approaches for more information.

 See large clusters of stars, beautiful colored double stars without interference from the Moon, and view the planets Uranus and Neptune. It’s all part of the show during October Moonrise Star Party sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.


Mingo Star Party starts SaturdayOctober 11 at 7:10 PM, EDT at Mingo Observatory, Mingo Creek County Park, Washington County.
This is an opportunity for amateur astronomers, students and the general public to observe the wonders autumn skies and watch the Gibbous Moon rise at 9:14 PM, EDT.  Enjoy the views of the Andromeda Galaxy and Double Cluster in Perseus through the telescopes at the Observatory. 
Did you get a new telescope recently and don't know how to use it? Bring it along and members of the AAAP will help!
Looking to buy a telescope, accessories, star charts and books? Wagman Observatory is the place to start. We'll have free handouts, guides and booklets to point visitors in the right direction.
The Star Parties will be held WEATHER PERMITTING. 

For more information:
1. AAAP web page - www.3ap.org
2. AAAP Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amateur-Astronomers-Association-of-Pittsburgh/114188205266611
3. Mingo Observatory phone -  724-348-6150
4. Email - MingoSPCoordinator@3ap.org
The members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh invite the public to the Mingo Creek Park Observatory. More than 20,000 guests have visited the observatory since its opening in 2005. Come and see what they've discovered and you've been missing.
No fee is charged for admission, though we gladly accept donations to cover the cost of operation.
Please use parking lights only when you drive past Shelter 10.

For additional directions or to check on the weather conditions, please call the observatory at 724-348-6150. If you get our voice mail or a busy signal, keep trying. We receive many calls for information just before and during the star parties.


Date: Saturday, 10/11/2014

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM

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

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  • Sunset Image
    Sunset: 6:48 PM
  • Waning Gibbous
  • Sky Chart - click to enlarge
    What's in the Sky this evening?

2014 Mingo Observatory Schedule Brochure (PDF, 283 KB)

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

AAAP 2018 Meeting and Observatory Public Star Parties

2018 General Meetings: Jan 5, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11, Sep 13, Oct 12, Nov 9.
2018 Mingo Star Parties: Apr 21; May 18 & 19; Jun 8 & 9; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 11 & 18; Sep 7 & 8; Oct 6 & 20; Nov 3. Note this reflects a December 2017 change to the previously published 2018 Mingo Schedule.
2018 Wagman Star Parties: Apr 20 & 21; May 18 & 19; Jun 22 & 23; Jul 20, & 21; Aug 17 & 18; Sep 15 & 29; Oct 13 & 27; Nov 10

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
2018 Washington County Parks and Recreation Guide

AAAP Event List
Ir Flares   https://www.heavens-above.com/IridiumFlares.aspx?lat=40.2109833333&lng=-80.0194666667&loc=Mingo+Creek+Park+Observatory&alt=0&tz=EST
ISS- Visible Passes https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=25544&lat=40.2109833333&lng=-80.0194666667&loc=Mingo+Creek+Park+Observatory&alt=0&tz=EST 
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.
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