Amateur Astronomy Club

World Class Observatory
Our Observatory for member use only has a roll-off roof and contains a large 14" Celestron Edge HD Telescope on an Astro-Physics 1600GTO computerized mount with absolute encoders
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Large assortment of club owned Telescopes
Aldrich has over 40 telescopes and even more quality eyepieces for member use. Telescopes range in size from 20" Dobsonians to 80 MM refractors. Most available for members to loan out and bring home.
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Regular Members Only Star Party Events
We have regularly scheduled star party events/BBQs where members can socialize and use club equipment or their own. The observatory sits on 7 acres of manicured lawn under dark skies with concrete pads for members to setup equipment.
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Pot Luck Socials with Lectures
Aldrich has scheduled socials where members gather to enjoy a meal and hear an Astronomy oriented lecture.
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Lectures from World Class Scientist
We periodically have lectures from world class researchers and from other Aldrich members with LOTS of experience on a topic.
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Adopt a Library Telescope Program
Aldrich has placed Telescopes in well over 150 libraries through-out Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont.
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Astronomy Programs for Schools
Aldrich provides astronomy programs for kids of all ages in local schools
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Astronomy Educational Programs in Libraries
Aldrich members provide Astronomy oriented educational programs for all kinds of institutions and all age groups
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Programs for Scouting Events
We provide age appropriate programs for Boys and Girl scouts. We can also help with Astronomy badges.
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Community Education Center
Aldrich Astronomical Society is in a fund raising campaign to complete construction of a Community Education Center which will allow us to support many community education programs
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Aldrich now accepts Telescope, Eyepiece, and Astronomy Camera donations

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