Star Party Schedule

We host Star Parties West at the Landis Arboretum and Star Parties East at Grafton Lakes and Cherry Plain State Parks. Information for both West and East locations is below.

Star Parties West

Come to Landis Arboretum to view the stars and planets with members of the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers. A variety of telescopes will be set up for viewing the heavens. Club members will provide views of nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, double stars, planets (when visible), and other interesting celestial objects.

Please Note: Star Parties are canceled if the skies are mostly cloudy. Please call the Frenches at 374-8460 if you are in doubt. We decide 90 minutes before the scheduled start.

Will it be clear?  Current George Landis Arboretum Clear Sky Clock (click on any box several times for a satellite map)

2016 Landis Arboretum Star Parties West

These are all Friday/Saturday except as noted.

  • Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25 at 8:30 pm
  • Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22 at 9:00 pm
  • Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27 at 9:30 pm
  • Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24 at 10:00 pm
  • Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29 at 9:30 pm
  • Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday and Saturday, October 20 and October 21 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18 at 8:00 pm

Star Parties East

Star parties at Grafton Lakes and Cherry Plain State Parks.

These events are open to the public and are sponsored by NYS Parks and Albany Area Amateur Astronomers.
Telescopes are not necessary, viewing is through scopes provided, binoculars are useful.
When arriving after dark, please use the winter entrance and follow signs.
In the event of rain or heavy clouds, the Star Party will not be held on the scheduled Friday, but the next evening, Saturday, again weather permitting.

Please call Star Parties East coordinators Ray (658-3138) or Bernard (658-9144) for information or cancellation due to clouds. The physical address is 100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton, NY 12082. For directions call the Park office 279-1155.

Will it be clear?  Current Grafton Lakes State Park Clear Sky Clock (click on any box several times for a satellite map)

2016 Star Parties at Grafton Lakes State Park in the Deerfield Pavilion

(2017 – To Be Announced)

  • Friday, April 8 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, April 29 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, May 27 at 8:30 pm
  • Friday, June 10 at 9:00 pm
  • Friday, July 8 at 9:30 pm
  • Friday, August 5 at 9:30 pm
  • Friday, August 26 at 10:00 pm
  • Friday, September 23 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, October 21 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, November 4 at 7:30 pm

2016 Star Parties at Cherry Plain State Park

  • None scheduled as of March, 2016