Membership

Become Member

The Catskills Astronomy Club offers amateur astronomers dark skies in Sullivan County, New York. This unique combination of convenience to the New York metropolitan area, dark skies, and high elevation make for excellent conditions for astronomy. A membership to the Catskills Astronomy Club gives you access to our club’s library of books and DVDs as well as our loaner telescopes. You will also be added to our mailing list which gives frequent news updates on astronomy and our monthly newsletter. You also get a discounted price to our movie nights. The membership fee and donations pay for our liability insurance and the purchasing of DVDs for or movie nights.

Application

You can download the membership application as a .pdf file, or view it as plain text and print directly from our website. You must have Adobe Acrobat or another PDF reader to open the PDF file. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, you can download it for free here.

Completed applications should be sent to the address specified at the top of the application. Checks are to be made out to Catskills Astronomy Club.

Application pdf

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Solar Eclipse. On Monday, Jan. 26th, the Moon will pass in front of the sun producing an annular “ring of fire” eclipse. This is not a total eclipse; the Moon will cover only 93% of the sun’s surface. Nevertheless, the Moon’s dead-center transit across the solar disk will produce a sight of rare beauty for observers along the “path of annularity.” Best views are to be had from islands in Indonesia where the ring of fire will appear to sink into the ocean at sunset. Meanwhile, in Australia, southeast Asia, southern parts of India and South Africa, observers will experience an off-center partial eclipse. Crescent-shaped sunbeams will dapple the ground while high overhead the Moon takes a curved bite out of the sun. Visit spaceweather.com for eclipse maps, timetables and photos. [spaceweather.com] 01 24 09

Approaching Comet. Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3), discovered in 2007 by a collaborative team of Taiwanese and Chinese astronomers, is swinging around the sun and approaching Earth. The photogenic comet has a bright tail and an “anti-tail” visible in mid-sized backyard telescopes. At closest approach in February, Comet Lulin is expected to brighten to naked-eye visibility. Visit spaceweather.comfor sky maps, pictures and more information. [spaceweather.com] 01 11 09

Solar Cycle Update. Final sunspot counts for the year 2008 are now available and the numbers are very low. The sun was utterly blank–that is, it had no sunspots whatsoever–on 266 days last year. That makes 2008 a century-class year in terms of low sunspot numbers. To find a year with more blank suns, you have to go all the way back to 1913, which had 311 spotless days. Now for the good news: Evidence is mounting that the deep solar minimum of 2008 is coming to an end; we can expect a livelier sun in 2009. [spaceweather.com] 01 04 09

First Meteors of 2009. The annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on Jan. 3rd when Earth enters a stream of debris from shattered comet 2003 EH1. The timing of the encounter favors observers in western North America and across the Pacific Ocean who could see dozens to hundreds of meteors during the dark hours before sunrise this Saturday morning. Visit spaceweather.com for a sky map and more information. [spaceweather.com] 01 03 09

Movie Night POSTPONED The movie night event originally scheduled for Saturday, January 10th will be postponed a week until the 17th due to a forecasted winter storm. 01 09 09

2009 Observation Schedule. The 2009 observation schedule is now up. View it on the site here, or download the PDF file here. 01 03 09

movie night, januray 10th. Catskills Astronomy Club and Morgan Outdoors will be hosting a ‘movie and dinner’ night, featuring an episode from the History Channel’s UNIVERSE series, “Mercury and Venus: The Inner Planets.” Film suitable for people 10 and up, with half-time break for Q&A session! Pizza, garden salad and soft drinks will be provided. View the flyer for more information. Reserve a seat online. 12 30 08

Observation Schedule

The 2009 observation dates for our club are shown below. Alternate dates will be announced as needed. The dates below reflect either moonless nights or near new or old moon dates so that we have the darkest skies possible.
schedule calender 2009

If a session is to be cancelled due to poor conditions or bad weather, a make up date will be scheduled and posted on the front page. Make up dates are held the Saturday closest to the last quarter.

The public is invited to all events. There is no charge for any events, however we appreciate your joining the club to help us cover the cost of insurance.

This calendar can be downloaded as a 2009Schedule.pdf PDF.

Walnut

While only 100 miles away from NYC, Walnut Mountain offers fairly dark mag 6 skies and an elevation of 2,157′. This unique combination of convenience to the New York metropolitan area, dark skies, and high elevation make for excellent conditions for astronomy.

If you have a telescope, why not come and visit us soon? If you don’t have a telescope, you can use one of ours!

Driving Directions

The Catskills Astronomy Club holds observing sessions in Walnut Mountain Park in Liberty, NY, and an alternate site at the Town of Thompson Park in Monticello, NY. Observation sessions held on the night of a Movie Night are held at Covered Bridge Park in Livingston Manor, NY.

You can get driving directions to Walnut Mountain and our alternate locations by clicking on the links below to Google Maps. After choosing a location, click “Get directions” and put in your starting address.
Walnut Mount

Thompson

Cover Bridge