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Astronomy clubs - Long Island New York?

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#1 jriastro


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 02:34 PM

Hello everyone,

Just wondering what the best astronomy clubs are on Long Island? I'm getting back into the hobby and need help setting up equipment. I'd love to get some local help, go to a star party or observatory and have an expert show me how to assemble and use everything. I'd be more than happy to pay for that person's time. Looking for someone who has actual hands-on experience with this equipment.

If anyone knows someone on Long Island who has experience with the following equipment please let me know.



SV80S Stellarvue Deluxe 80mm Apo Triplet 480mm fl Triplet Apo Refractor
ETRF2008 Televue TRF-2008 Reducer Field Flattener
UD2 D1029ED upgrade
ET3 2" X 2.4" extension tube
R80set Hinged mounting ring set for 90mm tubes
F50W2 50 mm finder scope
Rigel Pulse Guide Illuminator. Red light on crosshairs to make the image you are focused on easier to see.

SBIG – STL 11000 MC2 Camera
SBIG –FW8 STL 8 slot filter wheel
SBIG-Remote Guide Head Guide head for SV80s if needed.
Astrodon – LRGB 50 mm filters Filters for the 8 slot filter wheel

APM 152/1200 CNC II Main scope
FF32 for 152/1200/adapter Adapter for correct spacing for the 11000 camera.

Paramount ME – USB 2.0 Mount for the scope.
DIN cable So it will attach to the camera.

Losmandy Dovetail Plates DUPS Mount the scopes on to the Paramount ME
Losmandy Dovetail Adapters DA Mount the scopes on to the Paramount ME

Micro-Touch Auto Focuser
Item #MTAF Focuser
MicroTouch Autofocuser - Large Motor Upgrade Item #MTAF-SMLU
Upgrade for 3.5”

Tri-Pier 2 Portable Pier

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 08:21 PM

Try this. Astronomy Clubs in New York State.

#3 Chaz659


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 04:30 PM

There is a club that meets each Wednesday in Centerport at the Vanderbilt Planetarium. Great people, very knowledgable and helpful. When viewing is good, several members put out their scopes on the lawn for others to observe through.

There is also the Custer Institute in Southold on the North Fork out east. They put their scopes out on Saturday nights for viewing and are also a wonderful group of people. They have a wonderful 25" Obsession dob they allow the public to observe through as well. Both locations were attended by people with a great deal of experience who are willing to help, they were certainly very generous with their time and patience with us....lol.

Here is the link for the Astronomical Society of Long Island.


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:58 AM

The Amateur Observer's Society of NY works with Custer, and has their own observatory out there. They meet on the first Sunday of every month at Hofstra Univ. They are a very welcoming group.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:56 AM

Here's a link to clubs in New York State. Several are in Long Island and Manhattan. Enjoy!


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 03:28 PM

I joined rockland astronomy club , they're in your area roughly. Eh have a star party here in MA in summer, which is why I joined.

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