Learn How to Choose & Use a Backyard Telescope

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UNION COUNTY — Amateur Astronomers, Inc. (AAI), will show you how to choose and correctly use a backyard telescope at two events this month. “Know Your ‘Scope – Know the Sky” is two nights of free lessons and a chance to view the stars through a variety of telescopes.

On Friday night, Nov. 12, from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., the astronomers will gather at William Miller Sperry Observatory on the campus of Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, to talk about how to select and buy a telescope.


On Saturday night, Nov. 13, from 6:30 – 10 p.m., the group will meet at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside to learn about basic astronomy the use of different telescopes. There also will be a “Star Party” on Saturday night if the weather permits. Pre-registration is required for Saturday night’s activities; sign up in person at the Trailside Visitors Center or call 1-908-789-3670.

Parking and admission to these events are free of charge.

For information visit the AAI website: www.asterism.org and click on “events”.

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road (at Coles Avenue) in Mountainside. For more information about upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, call 1-908-789-3670 or visit  www.ucnj.org/trailside

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