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Amateur Observers' Society of NY Event Calendar from the Night Sky Network.


Observing Locations

Jones Beach State Park Nature Center The AOS will be doing evening astronomy programs at the Jones Beach State Park Nature Center. The programs will involve a brief indoor presentation about astronomy, followed by stargazing.

Directions:South on Wantagh Parkway to Ocean Parkway, west on Ocean Parkway, follow signs to Nature Center at West End. OR Meadowbrook Parkway south to Ocean Parkway, exit at West End, follow signs to Nature Center.
A map showing Jones Beach State Park Nature Center, previously the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center.



Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, NY

Official Link: https://www.nps.gov/sahi/index.htm


For GPS navigation devices, use this address: 12 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771, which is the Visitor Center located at the entrance of the park.

Sagamore Hill may be reached from two major Long Island highways:

  • Take either the Northern State Parkway to Exit 35N or the Long Island Expressway (I-495) to Exit 41N. At those exits, take Route 106 North for 6 miles into downtown Oyster Bay. Turn right onto East Main Street (at Nobman's Hardware Store) and travel 2 miles. Turn left onto Cove Neck Road and drive 1.5 miles to Sagamore Hill.
  • The Southern State Parkway connects to NSP/LIE via the Wantagh/Meadowbrook Parkways, or the Seaford/Oyster Bay Expressway. Take Southern State Exit 28A-North to Route 135 North (Seaford/Oyster Bay Expressway) for 10 miles to Exit 14E (Woodbury) and Route 25 (Jericho Turnpike). Turn right/east, travel to the third traffic light. Turn left on South Woods Road, traveling 1.6 miles to its end and turn right on to Cold Spring Road. Travel 1 mile to Route 25A intersection. Turn left on Route 25A and travel 0.7 miles downhill to the Cove Road stoplight. Turn right on Cove Road for 1.7 miles to Cove Neck Road. Turn right on Cove Neck Road and follow the signs for 1.5 miles to Sagamore Hill.






Robert Moses State Park (RMSP) Lat. 40-37-24 N; Long-73-16-56 W on Fire Island along the south shore of Long Island, New York, AOS sponsored stargazing is situated at the northwest side of parking FIELD #2. These events are open to both AOS members and the public but YOU NEED A SKYGAZING PERMIT to attend and risk being evicted from the area by park personnel if you don't have one. To obtain one, either call the "Permit Department" at (631)669-1000 or send a self addressed, stamped envelope to the address below and include in the cover letter the fact that you want to renew your Stargazer's Permit. Note that Stargazer's Permits are on a per vehicle basis so, if you use more than one vehicle for stargazing activities, be sure to obtain a permit for each one. Enclose a xerox of your driver's license, registration card and your phone number, as well a check for $30 (as of April 2009) and send it all to:

NYS Office of Parks & Recreation
PO Box 247
Babylon NY 11702.

DIRECTIONS to RMSP.


Custer Observatory,Lat.41-3.122 N Long. 72-21.071 W situated on the north fork of Long Island in Suffolk County, New York, Custer hosts, among many other activities, skygazing, open to the public every Saturday night, weather permitting. Though not sponsored by AOS, observing at Custer is encouraged because of its dark skies with relatively low light pollution compared to most of Long Island. The AOS now has it's own observatory here with a 14" telescope for use by AOS qualified members.

DIRECTIONS to Custer Observatory



Before you attend a star party, please read this Stargazing Ettiquette Guide. If you are considerate with other observers, they will be more likely to return the favor.