Welcome to the New Jersey Astronomical Association
Helping the public “Reach For The Stars” !
Special note: groups of 10 or more must make a reservation request via the “Contact Us“ page at least one week in advance of visiting the observatory.
What a visit to our observatory includes:
At 8:30PM on public nights, your visit begins with a welcome by our “Qualified Observers” (QO’s) and a brief historical overview of NJAA. This will be followed by a tour of the facility.
On the 4th Saturday from March thru October, there is a guest speaker presentation held at the observatory that begins at 8:30PM and will last approximately one hour. We have seating for approximately 70 people. So be sure to arrive early to ensure a seat. Otherwise it will be standing room only.
After the facilities tour / presentation and depending on the weather conditions, several of our telescopes, including the 26 inch which is the largest public telescope in New Jersey, will be open for observing the night sky.
Should you have questions regarding Astronomy or the purchase & use of amateur telescope equipment, any of the “QO’s” on duty, will be most helpful and provide you with the guidance you need.
At 2:00PM on Sunday, your visit begins with a facility tour followed by Solar Viewing through our specially filtered telescopes (weather permitting).
Children are encouraged to visit our Observatory. Note that we do ask that a parent or guardian be present at all times with them.
NJAA is a non-profit volunteer run organization so donations are always appreciated.