(See below for Staten Island, NYC and NJ observing sites)
SAFETY WARNINGS AND COMFORT TIPS:
-Please dress very warmly in the winter months (winter coat, hat & gloves) as the observatory is not heated while operating.
-NO CELL PHONE LIGHTS OR FLASHLIGHTS...THEY DESTROY YOUR NIGHT VISION AND YOU AND OTHERS YOU WILL "BLIND" WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE CELESTIAL DETAILS--USE THE RED LIGHT SYSTEM IN THE OBSERVATORY TO WRITE YOUR INFORMATION AND PRESERVE YOU NIGHT VISION
-Smoking, eating or drinking is not permitted at this or any other observatory.
come prepared with their required observing form and an optional red flashlight.
NO WHITE LIGHT PLEASE!
Children over the age of five are welcomed, but please ensure to
supervise your children.
-It is suggested that you come as a group of 2 or more for added safety on late night observings here or elsewhere. You may find yourself leaving an observatory, observing area (like a beach) or Museum alone and in the dark and you should not be in that situation.
FOCUS THE TELESCOPE TO YOUR EYE: IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO FOCUS THE TELESCOPE ASK THE OBSERVER TO SHOW YOU SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THE DETAILS AND BEAUTY OF THE CELESTIAL OBJECT YOU ARE LOOKING AT.. YOU ARE OUT OF FOCUS IF YOU SEE VERY BLURRY STAR IMAGES OR A LOT OF "DONUTS" IN THE VIEW!
DRESS WARMLY with a hat on cool days for observing sessions.
DRESS Extremely warm with layers, hat, scarf and warm gloves on cold days.
EXTREME COLD( below freezing) usually cancels an event.
NOTE: You will be in cold air outside or even in an observatory ( which has no heat) it can be very cold as you wait around for your turn at a telescope. Hot ( non-alcoholic ) drinks (hot chocolate ) help!
OF SKY CONDITIONS
If it is raining, snowing, storming of any type or very cloudy it is unlikely an observing session will take place. Partly cloudy or sudden sky changes that clear up the atmosphere usually mean there will be a session. If the sky is questionable you can call in some places(see below). It is best to go when skies are very blue and the air is dry during the day and the weather reports are for fair clear skies during the night. The latter is especially true for the sites that are further away.
Do not show up with an umbrella on a rainy day at an observing site and expect to get credit!
DO NOT FORGET!!!
BRING YOUR OBSERVING SHEETS
College of Staten Island — Astrophysical Observatory — See Schedule OBSERVING SCHEDULE and Information LINK
Director: Irving K. Robbins
718 982 3260
Specific notes about observing at the CSI Astrophysical Observatory
SEE THE CURRENT SCHEDULE: If the sky is predominantly cloudy or if it is raining or snowing, then the session for
that evening is canceled. If you are unsure of the sky conditions and want to confirm if the event is on, please call
the observatory at982 3260 one hour prior to the scheduled opening on the night or day in question. The observatory may
close earlier than 11:00pm on nights when the weather makes observing difficult or impossible, such as clouds, rain,
extreme cold temperatures, or when wind chill effects may pose a winter health hazard. It is suggested that you
arrive before 9:30pm on very cold nights to ensure completion of an observing run.
Other observing sites are, check schedule and directions by linking to the following:
NEW YORK CITY INCLUDING STATEN ISLAND
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York City
click on "observing link" and site link which has directions to exact location.
observing done at following locations
NEW JERSEY SITES:
SPERRY OBSERVATORY run by the Amateur Astronomers, Inc. ,, Union College, Cranford, NJ. click on Observatory link Close by and easy to get to! Usually open FRIDAY nights.
only 23 minutes from CSI (get directions AT SITE also via mapquest.com).
Sperry Observatory is open to the public every Friday night sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers, Inc. at the
Cranford Campus of Union County College. A lecture series is also held once a month. Directions and maps at the site main page.
William D. McDowell Observatory A new observatory at the Meadowlands open most Monday and Wednesday nights.
only 31 minutes from CSI (get directions AT SITE also via mapquest.com).
Robinson Observatory, Voorhees State Park, NJ. —
Observing sessions at the Robinson Observatory in Voorhees State Park are sponsored by the New Jersey
Astronomical Association. The Robinson Observatory is open to the public each Saturday evening and Sunday
afternoon (solar observing) from May through October (Memorial Day to Halloween) and the 4th Saturday evening
of the month during the winter — weather permitting. Make sure weather is perfect before going on this field trip.
The state park is also about 1½ hr from campus. Check a New Jersey map and web site for the location. By car, go to 78 West(NJ Turnpike®Exit 14 or Outerbridge Crossing®287 North®78 West); from 78 West, exit to Route 31 North
and then take 513 North (look for signs); just after the town of Highbridge NJ, make a left and go to the top of the
hill (observatory location); For more info, call908 638 8500.
United Astronomy CLubs of New Jersey Jenny Jump State Park Observatory., United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey runs the Jenny Jump Observatory- use the Public Program link for the lecture series and also the UACNJ CLUBS link for numerous astronomy club links throughout New Jersey
Observing sessions at Jenny Jump are held every Saturday from Mid-April to mid-October on a mountain with excellent dark
skies. Make sure weather is perfect before going on this field trip. The state park is about 1¼ hr from campus.
Check a New Jersey map for the location. By car, go to Route 80 (SUGGESTION: 280 connection from the NJ
Turnpike) and get off at exit 12; go towards Hope NJ; left at light in Hope (look for signs to State Park); make first
right after crossing small bridge (travel 2 miles) then make left onto Farview Road; 1 mile to observatory cutoff (look
for sign to observatory). For park info, call908 459 9813.
See also Astronomy Magazine for special astronomical events
that can take place within a reasonable driving time from the campus.