Haines Falls, NY (lower Catskills, Greene County, Upstate). Amateur Astronomers Association of New York (aaa.org) holds dark-sky sessions nearest each new moon, usually Saturday, but occasionally Friday or Sunday, weather-depending, normally from April through October. **Must be a member of AAA for these particular sessions.*** Some AAA members car-pool from New York.
From south/NYC: Get to Rte. 17N / NY Thruway to Saugerties exit 20, toward Tannersville/Kaaterskill Falls: US 32 N, 32A W?, “scenic” 23A W. Right turn at County Rte. 18 N; bear right, to NSL sign (after Laurel Mtn. House sign). Right turn to NSL park entrance. Car fee at Ranger station. Take road to the right; level parking lot between the two lakes will be on the left. You are welcome to bring your viewing equipment (telescopes / binoculars / monoculars / cameras). AAA members onsite bring ‘scopes and cameras, and share their expertise. Remember to bring clothing layers, red headlamps/red-covered flashlights, chair (if), paper towels against dew accumulation, trash bag/cover for equipment in case of rain.
DARK SKY! Level ground for setup. Clear Milky Way, many meteors, occasional fireballs, comsats & ISS. Lodging in local towns, or park camping, if you plan to say over. With AAA (aaa.org): Good company. Bonus: Group meet at Selena’s Diner beforehand.
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