Star Parties

2018 Star Party dates (Saturday)

August 4 (August 11 rain/cloud make-up date)
September 8 (September 15 rain/cloud make-up date)
October 6 (October 13 rain/cloud make-up date)
November 3 (November 10 rain/cloud make-up date)

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Call our club hot line (877) 456-5778 for weather updates/cancellations. WAA members receive email updates.

Starway to Heaven is our monthly observing night at the Meadow Parking Area in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY. We typically  start observing within a half hour after sunset. You can find the time for sunset at Ward Pound Ridge here.  Here’s a Google map. A detailed map of the park is here

You can see a map of what’s in the current sky  here.

Our star parties are free and open to the public through the generosity of the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. We encourage you to bring your telescope, especially if you need help using or setting it up.

Don’t have a telescope? You can look through our members’ equipment.

Call 877-456-5778 for weather cancellations. A good rule of thumb: Don’t show up if you can’t count more than 10 bright stars. The Clear Sky Clock for Ward Pound Ridge is a good predictor of the night sky conditions.

To ensure everyone enjoys the night sky safely and securely, please read our Star Party Dos and Don’ts

The WAA cannot guarantee the turnout of members and telescopes during the winter months.


  • Star Party September 8th (8/10/2018) by lfaltz

    Our next star party is scheduled for Saturday, September 8th at dusk at the usual spot: the Meadow Parking Lot at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY.  map

    The summer sky is full of wonderful celestial objects: the Milky Way, open and globular clusters, double stars and nebulas.

    The event is free and open to the public. Bring your own telescope or view through members’ instruments.

    Cloud/rain make-up date is Saturday, September 15th.