About the Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society

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MVAS is the astronomical society of the Mohawk Valley and surrounding areas since 1989.

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   Over the years, members have been very busy participating in a variety of projects, committees, and observing sessions. Projects have included building a number of telescopes, solar filters, binocular mounts and stands, dust covers, a magnetometer for only $3 to predict auroras, an ingenious Solar Observatory contraption made with #14 welder’s glass that fits over the head like a mask, and the ultimate example of patience – grinding telescope mirrors. One member even designed and built a computerized satellite tracking telescope. Several folks have earned Herschel and Messier certificates awarded by the Astronomical League.

Our membership has grown to cover a number of cities and towns in central New York, including the Utica area, Long Lake to the north, Syracuse to the west, West Winfield to the south and Sprakers to the east. We are an enthusiastic group of amateur astronomers, and our activities are dedicated to advancing the study, understanding, and appreciation of astronomy among members and the public. We invite you to join us and share in the fun!

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