A good spot for star gazing?

night sky adirondacks lakeVia Twitter, @KTdilello asks:

Any suggestions on places to stargaze (away from city lights)....

The moon will be waning over the next few weeks (good for seeing stars), and the forecast is calling for warm nights and somewhat clear skies, so there could be some good stargazing. Also: the Perseid meteor shower is coming up in August.

So, got a suggestion? Please share!

photo: Flickr user stillwellmike (it's a beautiful photo)

Comments

Thatcher Park has a stargazing program:
http://nysparks.state.ny.us/events/event-results.aspx?pk=128

Besides the program it's a great place for viewing the sky.

There is (or at least was) a weekly star gazing club at the RPI observatory. It was every Friday night and then turned into every Saturday night and they sometimes went up to the Grafton Lakes State Park

Years ago my mother , and i would see the most awesome meteor showers ever from vistas in Schroon Lake,N.Y.

You may want to traipse around www.ObservingSites.com or the International Dark Sky Association (www.darksky.org). They generally have helpful maps for the darkest skies. Generally, heading north and east (toward the Green Mountains) would probably be your best bet, although the ObservingSites website indicates that Long Lake in the Adirondacks is the place to go.

Luckily, aside from the light fog caused by the Capital District, there is not much else around, so heading in most any direction where you can put a hill between you and Albany should result in reasonably dark skies.

I was also going to recommend Thatcher Park. Also, heading out to Rensselaer County, out around Gould's Orchards and their clear horizons, is always a decent bet.

I've photographed stars from various locations in Albany, and with a new moon in the sky, the stars are breathtaking. Can I recommend the parking area near the Mt. Ida Falls in Troy, as well as several locations in the Helderbergs - travel down to 5 Rivers and at night the stars simply sparkle in the sky.

Also, regarding the Perseid meteor shower, you may have some problems viewing it at its peak - August 13 is also the date of a full moon, so the brightness of the moon will block out all but the brightest of the Perseids.

I've never been but I understand that Landis Arboretum in Esperance holds stargazing meetings sometimes. Not sure of their normal night hours.

Thanks for the suggestions.

Outside of the specific day you can star gaze at Thatcher, do Park Police normally kick you out at sundown (Thatcher and Grafton?)

There is a UAlbany stargazers:
http://twitter.com/#!/AlbanyStarGaze

However, they are not that frequent.

If you look at the night satellite photo of the North American continent, you see huge amounts of lights all along the East & West coasts. But - there is a big dark area, where there are few electric lights, which is great for stargazing - & that is the Adirondack Park. Head into the park, the more in the middle the better. We see great stars from Lake George on up. I remember a night we were on Little Tupper Lake (used to be in the Whitney estate) floating in canoes, seeing the Milky Way bright enough to be reflected in the water, listening to loons - & being stunned by the Perseids. Super dark sky, great show.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

Thank you!

When we started AOA a decade ago we had no idea what was going to happen. And it turned out better than we could have... (more)

Let's stay in touch

This all feels like the last day of camp or something. And we're going to miss you all so much. But we'd like to stay... (more)

A few things I think about this place

Working on AOA over the past decade has been a life-changing experience for me and it's shaped the way I think about so many things.... (more)

Albany tightened its rules for shoveling snowy sidewalks last winter -- so how'd that work out?

If winter ever gets its act together and drops more snow on us, there will be sidewalks to shovel. And shortly after that, Albany will... (more)

Tea with Jack McEneny

Last week we were fortunate enough to spend a few minutes with Jack McEneny -- former state Assemblyman, unofficial Albany historian, and genuinely nice guy.... (more)

Recent Comments

My three year old son absolutely loving riding the train around Huck Finn's (Hoffman's) Playland this summer.

Thank you!

...has 27 comments, most recently from Ashley

Let's stay in touch

...has 4 comments, most recently from mg

A look inside 2 Judson Street

...has 3 comments, most recently from Diane (Agans) Boyle

Everything changes: Alicia Lea

...has 2 comments, most recently from Chaz Boyark

A few things I think about this place

...has 13 comments, most recently from Katherine