Amateur Astronomers To Begin Solar Observing Sessions

MOUNTAINSIDE – Amateur Astronomers, Inc. welcome the public to Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside on Saturday, July 31, at 1 p.m., to view the sun through a special telescope.

Thanks to gifts and loans of various filters and other equipment from its members, the group is able to use a Hydrogen-Alpha 60mm sidewalk astronomy telescope to view and photograph the Sun. Volunteers from the group will staff the telescopic equipment on July 31 at Trailside for the initial session of what is hoped will be a regular Saturday presence for solar observation.


The solar observing session also will involve a discussion conducted indoors by Ray Shapp, a senior qualified observer who will discuss safety issues about looking at the Sun. Shapp’s presentation will begin at 1 p.m., rain or shine. Following the indoor session, the group will go outside for the solar observing, if conditions permit.

For information about Amateur Astronomers, Inc., visit

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

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