Jason Shilling Kendall: Citizen Astronomer

William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

New York City Area Stargazing Resources

Stargazing sessions are supported by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York.


Stargazing in an urban environment might sound crazy, and to a large extent, it is. But people live in cities, and are still interested in Astronomy. The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York goes further than any other orgazination in the USA to help curious urbanites to engage their wonder of the night sky. As a Board Member, I try to help show off the night sky right in my backyard, in wonderful Inwood Hill Park. Join me! I'm sure you'll be as crazy about it as I am.

What Telescope Should I Buy?

The short answer is NONE. Don't go buy one ever until you've gone to look through some with amateur astronomy clubs near you. Learn about what you might buy. And you really really really must buy that scope, buy your first one used from Cloudy Nights. I've bought many telescopes that way, and it's littered with good ideas and experienced observers who want to move to a new telescope. It's the best place to look. So, go see if a club is near you from the ones listed below.


Stargazing Conditions: Can We See the Stars Tonight?


Special Events


Astronomy Clubs and Associations


Popular Publications


Profesional Publications


Nifty Tools


International Year of Astronomy


Professional Astronomy Organizations


Other Resources


William Paterson University Department of Physics American Astronomical Society Amateur Astronomers Association of New York Astronomical Society of the Pacific